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South Pacific Islands - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

March 2021 | 167 pages | ID: S811776FB115EN
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The South Pacific Islands - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses report includes all relevant BuddeComm research data and analysis. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation. Please review the Executive Summary and Table of Contents for more details.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

South Pacific Islands benefiting from improved international telecoms infrastructure

The demand for data-based services in the Pacific region is growing, aligning with similar trends around the world. In particular, the demand for mobile broadband is increasing due to mobile services being the primary and most wide-spread source for internet access across the region.

Mobile technology will play a pivotal role in the digital transformation of the Pacific Islands by giving the population access to services such as e-government, health, and education. Mobile technology will also act as a catalyst for innovation and economic growth.

The three largest countries in terms of population include Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and Solomon Islands. While Papua New Guinea has the largest population by far, it provides opportunities for significant growth considering its mobile penetration is still low, at just over 30%. However, there are challenges to be overcome before significant growth can occur.

Internet penetration in the region is among the lowest in the world. However, an increase in international connectivity will improve penetration, coupled with an increase in 4G connections.

Submarine cable build-outs and the expansion of satellite services have bolstered international connectivity for the region in recent years, with more submarine cables due for completion in the next two years.

Fiji, the second largest island in the region, is one of the key markets to watch due to it having an advanced economy and holding the highest mobile and internet penetration rates. It is also leading in terms of preliminary 5G readiness.

Solomon Islands still relies upon 3G mobile and satellite services as its primary means of both communication and internet access. It will benefit from submarine cable and satellite developments occurring within the region.

While there are many local operators, there are also regional players including Digicel, which has operated in the Pacific for some years. Recently, the Fiji-based Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH) has expanded regionally, completing a number of acquisitions.

International organisations such as United Nations, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank have taken a special interest in seeing the general living conditions as well as communication services improve in the Pacific region. It is well recognised that access to broadband services can vastly improve the economic and social conditions in these emerging markets, many of which are prone to natural disasters and rising sea levels.

This BuddeComm annual publication provides valuable information, analyses and current statistics on the telecom markets of the seven largest countries in the Pacific region. It focuses on the markets of Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Samoa. The report includes a regional overview, identifying the key trends and leading operators. It provides insights into the mobile market of each country including mobile subscriber and mobile broadband statistics. Information on the fixed broadband market and statistics is also included with a particular focus on submarine cable and satellite developments.

Key developments:
  • Kacific-1 satellite improves the region's international connectivity;
  • Additional submarine cables come online, with more due in the next two years;
  • GSM services still in widespread use in many Pacific Island countries;
  • Fiji leading the way in both LTE deployment as well as 5G readiness;
  • Australian government considering financial support to local bidders interested in acquiring the struggling Pacific operations of Digicel.
Companies mentioned in this report include:

Kumul Telikom, Telikom PNG, PNG DataCo, Digicel, Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH), Telecom Fiji (TFL), Fiji International Telecommunications (Fintel), Kacific Broadband Satellites, Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN), Vodafone Fiji (VFL), Inkk Mobile, Unwired Fiji, Fintel Internet Services (Kidanet), Our Telekom (Breeze), Bmobile-Vodafone, O3b, Solomon Island Submarine Cable Company, Office des Postes et T?l?communications de Nouvelle-Cal?donie (OPT-NC), Amper, Blue Sky Samoa, Telecom Vanuatu (TVL), Office des Postes et T?l?communications (OPT), Tahiti Nui Telecommunications, Galileo, Vini, Honotua Cable, Vodafone Polynesia.
1 REGIONAL OVERVIEW

2 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

2.1 Economic considerations and responses
2.2 Subscribers
2.3 Infrastructure

3 TELECOMS INDUSTRY STATISTICS BY COUNTRY

3.1 Population by largest country
3.2 Mobile subscriptions by country
3.3 Mobile penetration by country
3.4 Mobile broadband subscriptions by country
3.5 Mobile broadband penetration by country
3.6 Fixed broadband subscriptions by country
3.7 Fixed broadband penetration by country

4 REGIONAL OPERATORS

4.1 Digicel
4.2 Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH)

5 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

5.1 Submarine cable overview
5.2 Satellite
5.3 Looking to the future: 5G

6 PAPUA NEW GUINEA

6.1 Telecoms market overview
6.2 Mobile market
6.3 Fixed market
6.4 International Infrastructure

7 FIJI

7.1 Telecoms market overview
7.2 Mobile market
7.3 Fixed market
7.4 International Infrastructure

8 SOLOMON ISLANDS

8.1 Telecoms market overview
8.2 Mobile market
8.3 Fixed market
8.4 International Infrastructure

9 VANUATU

9.1 Telecoms market overview
9.2 Mobile market
9.3 Fixed market
9.4 International Infrastructure

10 FRENCH POLYNESIA

10.1 Telecoms market overview
10.2 Mobile market
10.3 Mobile infrastructure
10.4 Fixed market
10.5 International Infrastructure

11 NEW CALEDONIA

11.1 Telecoms market overview
11.2 Mobile market
11.3 Fixed market
11.4 International infrastructure

12 SAMOA

12.1 Telecoms market overview
12.2 Mobile market
12.3 Fixed market
12.4 International infrastructure

13 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

14 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 South Pacific - mobile subscriptions by largest countries (million) 2014 2020
Table 2 South Pacific - mobile penetration by largest countries 2014 2020
Table 3 South Pacific - mobile broadband subscriptions by largest countries 2014 2020
Table 4 South Pacific - mobile broadband penetration by largest countries 2014 - 2020
Table 5 South Pacific - fixed broadband subscriptions by largest countries 2014 2020
Table 6 South Pacific - fixed broadband penetration by largest countries 2014 2020
Table 7 South Pacific submarine cables largest countries 2020
Table 8 Satellites operating in the Pacific region
Table 9 Telecom sector development goals 2010; 2015; 2020; 2025; 2030
Table 10 Papua New Guinea - Mobile operators' market share of subscribers 2014; 2016; 2018 (June)
Table 11 Digitec group financial data - 2019 - 2020
Table 12 Digicel PNG mobile subscribers 2014 2018
Table 13 Papua New Guinea percentage of mobile connections by technology 2018; 2025
Table 14 Mobile subscriptions and penetration 2011 - 2026
Table 15 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 2026
Table 16 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 17 Development of Vodafone Fiji's financial data - 2010 2020
Table 18 Growth in the number of Vodafone Fiji's mobile subscribers 2009 2020
Table 19 Fiji percentage of mobile connections by technology 2018; 2025
Table 20 Fiji - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 21 Development of ATH Group and Holding Company financial data 2010 - 2021
Table 22 Development of Telecom Fiji's financial data 2010 2020
Table 23 Development of Fintel's financial data 2013 2020
Table 24 Fiji - change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 25 Solomon Islands - percentage of mobile connections by technology 2018; 2025
Table 26 Solomon Islands - growth in the number of mobile subscriptions and penetration 2011 2026
Table 27 Solomon Islands - growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and user penetration 2011 2026
Table 28 Solomon Islands - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2025
Table 29 Development of Vodafone Vanuatu's financial data - 2018 2020
Table 30 Vanuatu percentage of mobile connections by technology 2018; 2025
Table 31 Vanuatu - mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 32 Vanuatu - mobile broadband subscribers 2011 2026
Table 33 Vanuatu - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 34 Percentage of mobile connections by technology 2018; 2025
Table 35 French Polynesia - mobile subscriber and penetration 2011 2026
Table 36 French Polynesia - mobile broadband subscribers and user penetration rate 2011 2026
Table 37 French Polynesia - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 38 Development of OPT-NC's revenue 2012 2019
Table 39 New Caledonia - Mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 40 New Caledonia - mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2015 - 2026
Table 41 New Caledonia - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 42 Samoa - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 43 Samoa - Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscriptions and penetration 2013 2026
Table 44 Samoa - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 1 Pacific island countries ranked by largest population 2020
Chart 2 South Pacific mobile penetration versus mobile broadband penetration largest countries
Chart 3 Mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration rates in countries to benefit from the Kacific-1 satellite
Chart 4 Mobile subscriptions and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 5 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 2026
Chart 6 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 7 Fiji - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 8 Fiji - change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 9 Solomon Islands - Growth in the number of mobile subscriptions and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 10 Solomon Islands - growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and user penetration 2011 2026
Chart 11 Solomon Islands - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 12 Vanuatu - mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 13 Vanuatu - mobile broadband subscribers 2011 2026
Chart 14 Vanuatu - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 15 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 16 French Polynesia - mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 17 French Polynesia - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 18 New Caledonia - Mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 19 New Caledonia - mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2015 2026
Chart 20 New Caledonia - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2026
Chart 21 Samoa - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 22 Mobile broadband subscriptions and penetration 2013 2026
Chart 23 Samoa - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Exhibit 1 Major submarine cables with landing points in the South Pacific Islands 2020
Exhibit 2 Papua New Guinea - mobile operators and technology used
Exhibit 3 Papua New Guinea - Kumul Telikom (Telecom) Holdings Limited
Exhibit 4 Vodafone Fiji historical developments
Exhibit 5 Solomon Islands - Vodafone moved into the market in 2014
Exhibit 6 Our Telekom at a glance
Exhibit 7 Telecom Vanuatu historical snapshot
Exhibit 8 New Caledonia - OPT Nouvelle-Cal?donie (OPT-NC) at a glance


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