Fiji - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Fiji demonstrates a progressive mobile sector in 2019

Fiji hosts a relatively sophisticated communications infrastructure with the highest mobile and Internet penetration in the Pacific islands. It is the leading market to watch in terms of both 4G LTE and 5G development in this region.

In 2019 the Fijian mobile operators continue to heavily invest in 4G LTE and LTE-A technologies, and these networks now account for the largest share of mobile connections. Concentrating on the more highly populated areas, the operators are preparing for the next growth area of mobile data.

The mobile operators, which include Digicel Fiji and Vodafone Fiji also have 5G in mind and are preparing the networks to be pre-5G ready.

Fiji presents a challenging geographic environment for infrastructure developments generally, due to its population being spread across more than 100 islands. However, the majority of Fijians live on the two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

Fiji is well-served by 3 international submarine cable systems and in 2018 the Fijian government implemented plans to connect the two major islands via a domestic submarine cable system - and this will provide high-speed Internet access between the two.

It will also provide a more secure link between the two islands in times of emergency weather events like the regular tropical cyclones which often cause much destruction to this area. These natural disasters often destroy essential infrastructure including electricity and telecoms equipment.

Key developments:

  • Fiji is demonstrating initial progress towards 5G readiness.
  • Fiji has substantial submarine cable infrastructure.
  • Fiji will benefit from improved satellite services from Kacific Broadband Satellites.
  • Pricing reductions and an increase in bandwidth availability have seen mobile broadband penetration increase over the last few years.

Companies covered in this report include:

Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH), Telecom Fiji Limited (TFL), Fiji International Telecommunications Limited (FINTEL), Kacific Broadband Satellites, Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN), Vodafone Fiji Limited (VFL), Digicel Fiji, Inkk Mobile, Unwired Fiji, Fintel Internet Services (Kidanet).

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

    • Country overview
  • Telecommunications market

    • Market overview
    • Market analysis
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authorities
    • The Radisson Accord and Deeds of Settlement
    • Telecom sector liberalisation in Fiji
    • VoIP
    • Compulsory Registration of Customers for Telephone Services Decree 2010
    • Mobile regulatory issues
      • Opt-in for mobile messaging.
      • Third generation (3G) mobile
      • Interconnect
      • Spectrum
      • MTRs
      • MNP
      • Network sharing
  • Competition issues

    • Telecommunication services price regulation
      • Background
      • Network termination rates
      • Telecommunications Levy
  • Fixed network operators

    • Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Ltd (ATH)
    • Telecom Fiji (TFL)
    • Fiji International Telecommunications Ltd (Fintel)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • National telecom network
      • Overview
      • Fixed line statistics
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
    • International infrastructure
      • Overview of the national telecom network
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine
      • Satellite
    • Smart infrastructure
      • Smart grids/renewable energy
      • Data centres, cloud computing
  • Fixed broadband

    • Broadband statistics
    • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
      • Introduction
    • Other fixed broadband services
      • Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
  • Mobile communications

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistics
      • Mobile broadband statistics
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 5G
      • 4G LTE
      • 3G
    • Major mobile operators
      • Vodafone Fiji (VFL)
      • Digicel Fiji
      • MVNOs
    • Mobile content and applications
      • m-banking (payments/loans)
      • M-government
    • Mobile handsets
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities- Fiji – 2019 (e)
  • Table 2 – Evolution of GDP and inflation in Fiji – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 3 – ATH Group and Holding Company – revenue and operating profit – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Telecom Fiji – key financials – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 5 – FINTEL – sales revenue – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Fiji - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 7 – Fiji - Internet users and internet penetration rate – 2011 - 2019
  • Table 8 – Fiji - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Fiji - mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate – 2009 - 2019
  • Table 10 – Fiji - mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 11 – Fiji – percentage of mobile connections by technology – 2018; 2025
  • Table 12 – Vodafone Fiji Limited revenue – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Historical - Estimated Vodafone Fiji Limited ARPU – 2008 – 2014
  • Table 14 – Vodafone Fiji Limited mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Fiji – smart phone penetration – 2014; 2018; 2020; 2025

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Impact of Cyclone Winston
  • Exhibit 2 – Regulatory and telecoms background – a brief overview – 1895 - 2007
  • Exhibit 3 – Subscriber details required for phone registration
  • Exhibit 4 – Background information on the rise and fall of fixed-line market in Fiji
  • Exhibit 5 – The awarding of the second mobile licence - Digicel
  • Exhibit 6 – Vodafone Fiji – historical developments
  • Exhibit 7 – An overview of mobile money in Fiji
  • Exhibit 8 – A brief overview of the M-PAiSA system

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