French Polynesia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

French Polynesia demonstrates substantial telecoms infrastructure

French Polynesia has one of the more advanced telecoms infrastructures for the Pacific islands region. A submarine cable deployed in 2010 vastly changed the telecoms landscape for French Polynesia and construction is underway to extend this cable further via a subsea connection to the three major atolls.

Fixed broadband penetration is among the highest in the region with a considerable number of consumers accessing FttH technology.

French Polynesia is also considered a hub for satellite communications in the region, due to it hosting of one of the Uplink systems of the Galileo satellite network.

French Polynesia has over 40% of its mobile connections using 3G as well as an emerging 4G LTE sector.

Key developments:

  • Fixed lines in French Polynesia have been in decline since 2011 with teledensity now sitting at just over 20%.
  • Mobile saturation was reached recently with over 100% mobile penetration.
  • By 2025 over half of all mobile connections will be using 4G LTE.
  • In 2019/2020 an important telecoms development is occurring for French Polynesia with the launch of the Kacific-1 satellite.

Companies covered in this report include:

Office des Postes et Télécommunications (OPT); Tahiti Nui Telecommunications; Galileo; Vini; Honotua Cable; Vodafone Polynesia.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

  • Fixed network operators in French Polynesia

    • OPT
    • Tahiti Nui Telecom
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine
      • Satellite
  • Broadband access market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Broadband statistics
  • Mobile communications

    • Major mobile operators
    • Mobile statistics
    • Mobile broadband statistics
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 3G
      • 4G LTE
    • Mobile handsets
  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top level country statistics and telecoms authorities - French Polynesia - 2019
  • Table 2 – Evolution of GDP in French Polynesia – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 3 – French Polynesia - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 4 – French Polynesia – fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 – 2019
  • Table 5 – French Polynesia - mobile subscribers and penetration – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 6 – French Polynesia - mobile broadband subscribers and user penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 7 – French Polynesia – percentage of mobile connections by technology – 2018; 2025

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Current mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration rates in countries to benefit from the Kacific-1 satellite

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Major submarine cable with landing points in French Polynesia

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