South Pacific Islands - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This BuddeComm annual publication provides valuable information, analyses and current statistics on the telecoms markets of the seven largest countries in the Pacific region. It focuses on the markets of Papua New Guinea, Fiji, The Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Samoa.  The report includes a regional overview, identifying the key trends and leading operators. It provides insights into the mobile market of each country including mobile subscriber and mobile broadband statistics. Information on the fixed broadband market and statistics is also included with a particular focus on submarine cable and satellite developments.

 

Researcher:- Kylie Wansink

Current publication date:- June 2019 (14th Edition)

Executive Summary

The South Pacific Islands are benefitting from improved telecoms infrastructure

The South Pacific Islands have recently attracted international interest due to the infrastructure developments occurring in this unique part of the world. In particular, there have been numerous submarine cable build-outs and expansion of satellite services.

The demand for data based services in the Pacific region is growing, aligning with similar trends around the world. In particular, the demand for mobile broadband is increasing due to mobile services being the primary and most wide-spread source for Internet access across the region.

The three largest countries in terms of population include Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the Solomon Islands. While Papua New Guinea has the largest population by far, it provides opportunities for significant growth considering its mobile penetration is still low at just over 30%. However there are challenges to be overcome before significant growth can occur.

It is the second largest island of Fiji which is currently considered to be one of the key markets to watch due to it being the most advanced economy in the Pacific island region as well as hosting the highest mobile and Internet penetration. It is also leading in terms of preliminary 5G readiness.

The third largest island, the Solomon Islands, still relies upon 3G mobile and satellite services as its primary means of both communication and Internet access and it will benefit from the submarine cable and satellite developments occurring within the region.

While there are many local operators, there are also regional players including Digicel, which has operated in the Pacific for some time. Recently we have also seen Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH) from Fiji expanding regionally with various acquisitions.

International organisations such as United Nations, The World Bank and Asian Development Bank have taken a special interest in seeing the general living conditions as well as communication services improve in the Pacific region. It has become recognised that access to high-speed internet can vastly improve the economic and social conditions in these emerging markets; many of which are prone to natural disasters and rising sea levels.

Key developments:

  • The Pacific Islands region, also known as Oceania, is a unique part of the world and is prone to natural disasters and rising sea levels.
  • 2G services are still in widespread use in many Pacific Island Countries (PICs).
  • Satellite services are set to improve for the region with the planned deployment by Kacific Broadband Satellite.
  • There a number of submarine cable deployments underway in the region.
  • Fiji is leading the way in both 4G LTE deployment as well as 5G readiness.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Kumul Telikom; Telikom PNG, PNG DataCo, Bmobile (Vodafone), Digicel, Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH), Telecom Fiji Limited (TFL), Fiji International Telecommunications Limited (FINTEL), Kacific Broadband Satellites, Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN), Vodafone Fiji Limited (VFL), Inkk Mobile, Unwired Fiji, Fintel Internet Services (Kidanet), Our Telekom (Breeze); Bmobile-Vodafone; O3b, Solomon Island Submarine Cable Company, Office des Postes et Télécommunications de Nouvelle-Calédonie (OPT-NC), Amper SA, Blue Sky Samoa, Telecom Vanuatu Ltd (TVL), Office des Postes et Télécommunications (OPT); Tahiti Nui Telecommunications; Galileo; Vini; Honotua Cable; Vodafone Polynesia.

Kylie Wansink
June 2019

Table of Contents

  • Regional overview

  • Telecoms industry statistics by country

    • Population by largest country
    • Mobile subscriptions by country
    • Mobile penetration by country
    • Mobile broadband subscriptions by country
    • Mobile broadband penetration by country
    • Fixed broadband subscriptions by country
    • Fixed broadband penetration by country
  • Regional operators

    • Digicel
    • Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Submarine cable overview
      • New submarine cables deployments
    • Satellite
    • Looking to the future: 5G
  • Papua New Guinea

    • PNG: Telecoms market overview
    • Mobile market
      • Mobile operators
      • Mobile infrastructure
      • Mobile statistics
    • Fixed market
      • Fixed network operators
      • Fixed broadband infrastructure
      • Fixed broadband statistics
  • Fiji

    • Fiji: Telecoms market overview
    • Mobile market
      • Mobile operators
      • MVNOs
      • Mobile Infrastructure
      • Mobile statistics
    • Fixed market
      • Fixed network operators
      • Fixed broadband infrastructure
      • Fixed broadband statistics
  • Solomon Islands

    • The Solomon Islands: Telecoms market overview
    • Mobile market
      • Mobile operators
      • Mobile infrastructure
      • Mobile statistics
    • Fixed market
      • Fixed network operators
      • Fixed broadband infrastructure
      • Fixed broadband statistics
  • Vanuatu

    • Vanuatu: Telecoms market overview
    • Mobile market
      • Mobile operators
      • Mobile infrastructure
      • Mobile Statistics
    • Fixed market
      • Fixed network operators
      • Fixed broadband infrastructure
      • Submarine cable
      • Fixed broadband statistics
  • French Polynesia

    • French Polynesia – Telecoms market overview
    • Mobile market
      • Mobile operators
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 3G
      • 4G LTE
    • Mobile statistics
    • Fixed market
      • Fixed network operators
      • Fixed broadband infrastructure
      • Submarine cable
      • Satellite
      • Fixed broadband statistics
  • New Caledonia

    • New Caledonia: Telecoms market overview
    • Mobile market
      • Mobile operators and infrastructure
      • Mobile statistics
    • Fixed market
      • Fixed network operators
      • Fixed broadband infrastructure
      • Fixed broadband statistics
  • Samoa

    • Samoa: Telecoms market overview
    • Mobile market
      • Mobile operators
      • Mobile infrastructure
      • Mobile statistics
    • Fixed market
      • Fixed network operators
      • Fixed broadband infrastructure
      • Submarine cable
      • Fixed broadband statistics

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – South Pacific - mobile subscriptions by largest countries – 2014 - 2019
  • Table 2 – South Pacific - mobile penetration by largest countries – 2014 - 2019
  • Table 3 – South Pacific - mobile broadband subscriptions by largest countries – 2014 - 2019
  • Table 4 – South Pacific - mobile broadband penetration by largest countries – 2014 - 2019
  • Table 5 – South Pacific - fixed broadband subscriptions by largest countries – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 6 – South Pacific - fixed broadband penetration by largest countries – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 7 – South Pacific – submarine cables – largest countries – 2019
  • Table 8 – Satellites operating in the Pacific region
  • Table 9 – Papua New Guinea - mobile operators’ market share – 2014; 2016; 2018
  • Table 10 – Digicel PNG mobile subscribers – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 11 – Papua New Guinea – percentage of mobile connections by technology – 2018; 2025
  • Table 12 – Papua New Guinea - mobile subscriptions and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 13 – Papua New Guinea - active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 14 – Papua New Guinea - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 15 – Papua New Guinea - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 16 – Vodafone Fiji Limited revenue – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Vodafone Fiji Limited mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 18 – Fiji – percentage of mobile connections by technology – 2018; 2025
  • Table 19 – Fiji - mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate – 2009 - 2019
  • Table 20 – Fiji - mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 21 – ATH Group and Holding Company – revenue and operating profit – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 22 – Telecom Fiji – key financials – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 23 – FINTEL – sales revenue – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 24 – Fiji - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 25 – Fiji - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 26 – Solomon Islands – percentage of mobile connections by technology – 2018; 2025
  • Table 27 – Solomon Islands - mobile subscriptions and penetration rate – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 28 – Solomon Islands - mobile broadband subscribers and user penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 29 – Solomon Islands - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 30 – Vanuatu – percentage of mobile connections by technology – 2018; 2025
  • Table 31 – Vanuatu - mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 32 – Vanuatu - mobile broadband subscribers – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 33 – Vanuatu - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 34 – French Polynesia – percentage of mobile connections by technology – 2018; 2025
  • Table 35 – French Polynesia - mobile subscribers and penetration – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 36 – French Polynesia - mobile broadband subscribers and user penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 37 – French Polynesia – fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 38 – New Caledonia - mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 39 – New Caledonia - mobile broadband subscriptions and penetration – 2015 - 2019
  • Table 40 – New Caledonia - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 41 – Samoa - mobile subscribers and penetration – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 42 – Samoa - mobile broadband subscriptions – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 43 – Samoa - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2019

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Pacific island countries ranked by largest population – 2019
  • Chart 2 – South Pacific – mobile penetration versus mobile broadband penetration – largest countries - 2019
  • Chart 3 – Solomon Islands - mobile subscriptions versus mobile broadband subscriptions – 2010 – 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Tonga to benefit from Kacific satellite
  • Exhibit 2 – Papua New Guinea - mobile operators and technology used
  • Exhibit 3 – Papua New Guinea - Kumul Telikom (Telecom) Holdings Limited
  • Exhibit 4 – Major submarine cables with landing points in Papua New Guinea – 2018
  • Exhibit 5 – Solomon Islands - Vodafone moved into the market in 2014
  • Exhibit 6 – Solomon Islands - Our Telekom at a glance
  • Exhibit 7 – Telecom Vanuatu at a glance
  • Exhibit 8 – Telecom Vanuatu Limited – historical snapshot
  • Exhibit 9 – New Caledonia - OPT Nouvelle-Calédonie (OPT-NC) at a glance
  • Exhibit 10 – Samoa - BlueSky Samoa at a glance

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Last updated 12 Jun 2019
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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