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Tonga - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

April 2019 | | ID: T5B632218C62EN
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In 2019 the rural areas of Tonga are going to benefit from a 15-year agreement between Kacific Broadband Satellite and the Tongan government which will see additional bandwidth made available for around 89 remote communities and offer speeds similar to the large towns of Tonga. Satellite technology in particular is in widespread use across Tonga and plays an important part in giving the more remote areas access to communications services.

Tonga is also reaping the benefits of being connected to an undersea high-speed fibre-optic cable. The cable was installed in 2013 and links Tonga to Fiji and onto Sydney. It was financed by a combination of funding from the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Tongan government and Tonga Cable - as part of the wider Pacific Regional Connectivity Program.

This high-speed Internet access is providing Tonga with the ability to provide better health care services, reliable and faster connections for education and appropriate infrastructure for emerging e-commerce initiatives.

Tonga is also heavily reliant on mobile technology. It has exhibited a strong mobile subscription growth in recent years.

Key developments:
  • At the end of 2018 a new 4G LTE network went live in Tonga.
  • Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) reported a profit in 2017/2018.
  • Tonga is to benefit from the satellite connectivity project underway between Kacific Broadband Satellite and the ITU.
Companies covered in this report include:

Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC); Tonga Digicel (formerly TonFon); Tonga Cable; Kacific Broadband Satellite; Asian Development Bank; The World Bank.
KEY STATISTICS

COUNTRY OVERVIEW

TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

Historical overview
Market overview

REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

Historic overview
Tonga Communications Corporation Act 2000
Introduction of sustainable competition
Regulatory authority
Department of Communications
Privatisation of TCC

FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

National telecom network
International infrastructure
Satellite

BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET

Introduction and statistical overview
Broadband statistics

DIGITAL ECONOMY

Introduction
e-commerce
e-Health
e-Education

MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS

Market overview
Mobile statistics
Mobile broadband statistics

MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE

3G
4G LTE
Major mobile operators
TCC (U-Call Mobile)
Digicel Tonga

MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS

m-banking (payments/loans)

MOBILE HANDSETS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Tonga - 2019
Table 2 – Evolution of GDP in Tonga – 2011 – 2020
Table 3 – Tonga - fixed lines in service and tele-density – 2006 – 2017
Table 4 – Tonga – fixed broadband subscriptions and penetration – 2009 – 2019
Table 5 – Tonga – mobile subscriptions and penetration – 2011 – 2019
Table 6 – Tonga – Historic mobile subscribers – 1998 – 2004
Table 7 – Tonga – mobile broadband subscriptions and penetration – 2013 – 2019


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