Papua New Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Papua New Guinea’s telecoms connectivity improving
With fixed teledensity having seen little change over the past two decades, progress in PNGs telecommunications has come primarily from mobile networks, where accessibility has expanded from less than 3% population coverage in 2006 to more than 89% today with a combination of 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks on offer depending on location. 2G still exists in many rural and remote areas, with 3G and 4G LTE centred more on urban areas. The impending launch of the Kacific-1 satellite will do much to improve mobile services in PNG.
Network deployment costs are high in PNG due to the relatively low subscriber base, the impervious terrain, and the high proportion of the population living in rural areas. As a result, fixed telecom infrastructure is almost non-existent outside urban centres, leaving most of the population un-serviced.
The existing submarine cable infrastructure is also no longer adequate and Internet services are expensive and slow. Internet access is expected to improve however, with the build-out of a new submarine cable known as the Coral Sea Cable System which will link PNG to the Solomon Islands, with a connecting cable to the Australian (Sydney) landing station. It will provide increased capacity and reliability as well reduce Internet costs for consumers.
In 2018 testing of the Kacific-1 satellite began with a planned launch during late 2019.
International attention was focused on Papua New Guinea recently when it hosted the 2018 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit.
The government is currently introducing its national strategy: Vision 2050 which is hoped will further address long-term infrastructure requirements; improve general living conditions and maintain economic stability. Papua New Guinea is also being guided by its medium-term plan, The Papua New Guinea Development Strategic Plan.
A significant pricing development occurred in Papua New Guinea in September 2018 when the Communication Minister rejected a Retail Service Determination (RSD) recommendation, due to concerns over its social and economic impact.
The Coral Sea Cable System is under development.
Companies mentioned in this report include:
Kumul Telikom; (Telikom PNG, PNG DataCo, Bmobile (Vodafone) and Digicel.
Table of Contents
Other key considerations
ATH enters the PNG market in 2019
Telecom sector development targets for 2030
Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC)
Telecom sector liberalisation
Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
Universal Services Access
Retail service determination (RSD)
Fixed network operators
Kumul Telikom Holdings Company Limited
National telecom network
National Transmission Network (NTN)
Introduction and statistical overview
Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
4G / LTE
Major mobile operators
Kumul Telikom (Bmobile/ Vodafone)
Mobile content and applications
M-banking and m-payments
List of Tables
Table 1 – Top-level country statistics and regulatory authorities - Papua New Guinea – 2019
Table 2 – Evolution of GDP in PNG – 2014 – 2019
Table 3 – Papua New Guinea - Telecom sector development goals – 2010; 2015; 2020; 2025; 2030
Table 4 – Papua New Guinea - historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 – 2008
Table 5 – Papua New Guinea - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2019
Table 6 – Papua New Guinea - International bandwidth – 2004 – 2017
Table 7 – Papua New Guinea - Internet users and penetration – 2008 – 2018
Table 8 – Papua New Guinea - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
Table 9 – Papua New Guinea - mobile subscriptions and penetration – 2008 – 2019
Table 10 – Papua New Guinea - active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2012 – 2019
Table 11 – Papua New Guinea – percentage of mobile connections by technology – 2018; 2025
Table 12 – Papua New Guinea - mobile operators’ market share – 2014; 2016; 2018
Table 13 – Historical - Digicel PNG and Digicel Group revenue – 6M 2015; 2016
Paul has been a relentless advocate and tireless activist for making the world a more connected place.
His passion for broadband and his firm belief in its transformational impact on societies across the globe is unrivalled.
I am honoured to call Paul a friend and I trust he will keep up the fight for better broadband and better access to broadband for all people, wherever they live and whatever their background, into the future.
Senator Stephen Conroy, former Communications Minister and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate