New Caledonia Telecoms Market Report

Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Publication Date: May 2024

Report Pages: 57

Analyst: Chiti Mbizule

OPT-NC connects 28,000 fibre customers to its network

New Caledonia’s telecom sector is dominated by OPT-NC, which holds a monopoly and provides fixed and mobile voice services, mobile internet, fixed broadband access, and wholesale services for other ISPs.

The country is well serviced by extensive 3G and LTE networks, and is considered to have one of the highest smartphone adoption rates in the Pacific region. By 2025, smart phone penetration is expected to reach 71%.

While DSL is still the dominant fixed broadband technology, OPT-NC is also deploying a nationwide FttP network. In April 2022, OPT-NC stated that it had connected 28,000 fibre customers to its network.

The South Pacific region has become a hub for submarine cable system developments in recent years, with further networks scheduled to come online later in 2021 and into 2022. These new cables are expected to increase competition in the region with regards to international capacity. In 2020, the government owned telco OPT-NC commissioned Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) to build the Gondwana-2 cable system to provide additional network capacity and complement the Gondwana-1 cable.

Key developments:

  • Gondwana-2 international submarine cable due for completion later in 2022;
  • Office des Postes et Telecommunications de Nouvelle-Caledonie connects 28,000 fibre customers to its network;
  • Domestic Picot-2 submarine cable system lands in Mare, after prior landings in Ouémo, Mont-Dore, Nouville, Yate, Kuto and Lifou;
  • Tomoo Cable soon to connect New Caledonia to the Hawaiki cable system;
  • December 2021 referendum for independence from France showed 96.5% of voters chose to remain part of France, following a boycott by pro-independence parties;
  • Report update includes OPT-NC’s market data, recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

Office des Postes et Télécommunications de Nouvelle-Calédonie (OPT-NC), Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), Société Calédonienne de Connectivité Internationale (SCCI), Hawaiki Cable, Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), Orange Marine, Hawaiki Submarine Cable

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