New Caledonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Mobile and fixed network improvements underway in New Caledonia

New Caledonia has a well-developed telecoms sector for the Pacific Region and various projects which are underway will help to improve both fixed and mobile services further. The government owned OPT-NC provides fixed and mobile voice services, mobile internet, fixed broadband access, and wholesale services for other ISPs.

In order to meet future demand for its broadband and mobile services, OPT-NC awarded Alcatel- Lucent a three-year contract in November 2015 which will see it extend its DWDM solution across all inhabited New Caledonian islands. OPTC is also deploying a nationwide FttH network, to be completed by 2017.

New Caledonia has one of the highest mobile penetrations in the Pacific Islands region; recently reaching around 100%. However, it does have relatively slow mobile connections speeds when compared to other countries. As 4G networks are deployed this is expected to change.

Using its fibre network as a backbone, in February 2015 OPT-NC announced it was rolling out 4G in a three-phase project to be concluded at the end of 2016. By end-2017, the operator expects more than 85% of the population to be covered by the 4G network.

Key telecom parameters – 2013; 2015

Sector 2013 2015
Approximate subscribers to telecoms services: (e)
Fixed Broadband users 53,600 63,000
Fixed-line telephony 85,000 92,000
Mobile phone 24,5000 264,000

Key developments:

  • The telecoms market of New Caledonia is deemed too small to warrant either infrastructure competition or a separate regulatory authority.
  • Office des Postes et Télécommunications de Nouvelle-Calédonie (OPT-NC) is the only telecom network operator, but a few private ISPs offer services over OPT-NC’s network.
  • A significant change to New Caledonia’s political status may occur by 2018 with a vote expected to be held to decide whether or not it should become independent from France.
  • In 2016 there is a slump in the nickel sector with prices declining and this in turn is placing strain on New Caledonia’s economy.
  • Fixed broadband subscriber growth in New Caledonia sat at around 8% for the past couple of years.
  • Mobile penetration sits at around 100% - but mobile connection speeds are slow when compared to other countries.

Companies covered in this report include:

Office des Postes et Télécommunications de Nouvelle-Calédonie (OPT-NC), Alcatel-Lucent; Intelia.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Historical overview
    • 4.2 Market analysis
    • 4.3 Recent developments
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historic overview
    • 5.2 Government plans
  • 6. Fixed network operator in New Caledonia
    • 6.1 OPT Nouvelle-Calédonie
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 National and international
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
  • 8. Broadband access market
    • 8.1 Overview
  • 9. Mobile communications
    • 9.1 Market analysis
  • 10. Mobile handsets
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2015
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2015
  • Table 3 – Fixed broadband statistics – 2015
  • Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2015
  • Table 5 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 6 – Evolution of GDP in New Caledonia – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 7 – OPT-NC revenue and mobile subscribers – 2013; 2015
  • Table 8 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1997 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Major ISPs – subscribers – June 2014
  • Table 10 – Internet users and user penetration rate – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 11 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 12 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1997 - 2015
  • Exhibit 1 – OPT-NC at a glance

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