Out of necessity, and similar to other Pacific Islands nations, it is mobile services which have thrived in Palau. This is due to the difficult geographic environment which is spread across around 300 islands and is unsuitable for widespread fixed telephony infrastructure. In 2016 fixed broadband penetration sits at only around 6% while mobile penetration exceeds 110%, due to multiple mobile subscriptions.
3G services are provided in Palau over satellite with O3b Networks being a major provider. In 2016 both Palau National Communications Corporation (PNCC) and Palau Telecoms, which offers wireless broadband internet services, underwent capacity upgrades with O3b.
In recent times, there has been growing international scrutiny over the lack of formal telecoms regulations and a Regulatory body in Palau. This is in part due to the growing support to develop a fibre-optic submarine cable which will link to Guam. In 2016 Palau secured a loan from the Asian Development Bank to be used to connect to Guam as part of the wider SEA-US project.
Overall, Palau offers a well-developed mobile sector which has been recently boosted by satellite network capacity upgrades as well as the proposed submarine cable venture. Palau is one of the Pacific’s most successful small islands for mobile telecommunications connectivity.
|Approximate subscribers to telecoms services: (e)|
|Fixed Broadband users||1,805||1,224|
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)
Palau National Communications Corporation (PNCC); Palau Telecom; Asian Development Bank (ADB).
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Last updated 26 Oct 2016
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