Tonga - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive Summary

Fibre-optic cable is transforming Tonga’s communication abilities

Tonga is a now reaping the benefits of being connected to an undersea high-speed fibre-optic cable. The cable was installed in 2013 and links Tonga to Fiji and onto Sydney. It was financed by a combination of funding from the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Tongan government and Tonga Cable - as part of the wider Pacific Regional Connectivity Program.

This high-speed Internet access is providing Tonga with the ability to provide better health care services, reliable and faster connections for education and appropriate infrastructure for emerging e-commerce initiatives.

Tonga is also heavily reliant on mobile technology. It has exhibited a strong mobile subscription growth in recent years at the expense of fixed lines which are in decline. Fixed line tele-density has dropped from around 30% in 2009 to just 12% in 2015.

There are a number of reasons for this decline, including the realisation that mobile technologies are far more suited to providing services to the many islands which are spread across such a vast ocean geography.

In addition, as there are limited funds available for building telecommunications infrastructure in Tonga - it must be directed towards the most economical and suitable technologies. Satellite technology in particular is in widespread use across Tonga and plays an important part in giving the more remote areas access to communications services.

Key developments:

  • By 2015 mobile penetration (per 100 inhabitants) had reached over 65% in Tonga, a rise from around 50% in 2009.
  • In February 2016 the Tongan government announced it planned to sell 20% of Tonga Cable to Digicel.
  • In 2015 the Tongan parliament paved the way for the establishment of a new independent regulator and a Communication Bill 2015. The new bill gives greater powers to the government in regards to controlling Internet access.

Companies covered in this report include:

Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC); Tonga Digicel (formerly TonFon); Tonga Cable; Kacific Broadband Satellite; Asian Development Bank; The World Bank.

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
      • 5.1.1 Tonga Communications Corporation Act 2000
      • 5.1.2 Introduction of sustainable competition
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
      • 5.2.1 Department of Communications
    • 5.3 Privatisation of TCC
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Tonga Communications Corporation
    • 6.2 Digicel Tonga
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 National telecom network
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
      • 7.2.1 Satellite
  • 8. Broadband access market
    • 8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
    • 8.2 Broadband statistics
  • 9. Digital economy
    • 9.1 Introduction
    • 9.2 e-commerce
    • 9.3 e-Health
    • 9.4 e-Education
  • 10. Mobile communications
    • 10.1 Market analysis
    • 10.2 Mobile statistics
    • 10.3 Mobile broadband statistics
  • 11. Mobile infrastructure
    • 11.1 GSM, 3G
    • 11.2 Major mobile operators
      • 11.2.1 TCC (U-Call Mobile)
      • 11.2.2 Digicel (previously TonFon Mobile)
  • 12. Mobile content and applications (
    • 12.1 m-banking (payments/loans)
  • 13. Mobile handsets
  • 14. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2015
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2015
  • Table 3 – Broadband statistics – 2015
  • Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2015
  • Table 5 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 6 – Evolution of GDP in Tonga– 2011 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Key telecom parameters – 2013; 2015
  • Table 8 – Tonga - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 9 – Tonga – fixed broadband subscriptions and penetration – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 10 – Tonga – mobile subscribers and penetration – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 11 – Tonga – Historic mobile subscribers – 1998 - 2004
  • Table 12 – Tonga – Historic - mobile operators and subscribers – July 2007
  • Table 13 – Tonga – mobile broadband subscriptions and penetration – 2013 - 2015

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Last updated 8 Sep 2016
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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