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

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Last updated: 28 Apr 2020 Update History

Report Pages: 45

Analyst: Sebastien De Rosbo

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.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

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.
  • Assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

Companies covered in this report include:

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

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