Tourism has become integral to French Polynesia’s economy but in recent years this important sector has been in decline. In an effort to boost tourism, the Ministry for Tourism has launched a Smart Tourism initiative. This project plans to use digital solutions to improve the tourism experience for visitors to French Polynesia and will include projects such as expanding free wi-fi access, improving the Internet backbone using peer-to-peer mesh networks and offering a virtual reality tour of the islands.
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 the deployment of a further international submarine cable is under discussion in 2016.
French Polynesia is also well connected by satellite. The incumbent, OPT expanded upon its partnership with Intelsat in 2016 and this will see further opportunities developed to meet mobile broadband demand going forward. According to the ITU in 2015 there was 85% mobile broadband coverage in French Polynesia.
|Approximate subscribers to telecoms services: (e)|
|Fixed Broadband users||44,900||60,100|
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)
Office des Postes et Télécommunications (OPT); Tahiti Nui Telecommunications; Galileo; Vini; Honotua Cable; Vodafone Polynesia.
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Last updated 20 Oct 2016
Analyst: Kylie Wansink
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