Fiji hosts a relatively sophisticated communications infrastructure with the highest mobile and Internet penetration in the Pacific islands. It also has one of the strongest economies in the region with mining an important component of Fiji’s economy. Fiji’s telecoms market has become increasingly more competitive as a result of deregulation and an increasing penetration of mobile services.
Fiji’s fixed Internet connectivity is improving due to both its existing international link to Australia and the US via the Southern Cross Cable Network as well as the regional submarine linking Fiji to Samoa, which is under development.
Fiji is in a cyclone prone area and in 2016 it was hit by both Cyclone Winston as well as Cyclone Zena. These natural disasters destroyed infrastructure including electricity and telecoms equipment. Going forward, there have been calls for a more strategic approach to planning and managing Fiji’s infrastructure.
Mobile communications availability covers the majority of the Fiji population with more than 100% SIM penetration occurring. Around 95% of consumers use the prepaid option. Pricing reductions in data and hardware together with an increase in bandwidth availability have seen mobile broadband penetration increase dramatically over the last couple of years.
Demand for data has also become so strong that Vodafone Fiji, a leading mobile services provider in Fiji, has begun deploying WiFi hotspots which can be used to offload 3G and 4G traffic. In late 2016 Digicel Fiji launched the first triple-play offering in Fiji, comprising Internet, Pay TV and Voice services.
|Subscribers to telecoms services (million): (e)|
|Fixed Broadband users||0.011||0.014|
Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH), Telecom Fiji Limited (TFL), Fiji International Telecommunications Limited (FINTEL), Pacific Emerging Technologies (PET), Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN), Vodafone Fiji Limited (VFL), Digicel Fiji, Inkk Mobile, Unwired Fiji, Fintel Internet Services (Kidanet).
Companies (Major Players)
Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
Regulations & Government Policies
Strategies & Analyses (Industry & Markets)
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Last updated 16 Jun 2017
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