Tonga - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Satellite communications to be improved for Tonga’s rural areas

In 2019 the rural areas of Tonga are going to benefit from a 15-year agreement between Kacific Broadband Satellite and the Tongan government which will see additional bandwidth made available for around 89 remote communities and offer speeds similar to the large towns of Tonga. 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.

Tonga is also 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.

Key developments:

  • At the end of 2018 a new 4G LTE network went live in Tonga.
  • Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) reported a profit in 2017/2018.
  • In 2019/2020 an important telecoms development is occurring for Tonga with the launch of the Kacific-1 satellite.

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

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Historical overview
    • Market overview
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historic overview
      • Tonga Communications Corporation Act 2000
      • Introduction of sustainable competition
    • Regulatory authority
      • Department of Communications
    • Privatisation of TCC
  • Fixed network operators

    • Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • National telecom network
    • International infrastructure
      • Satellite
  • Broadband access market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
    • Broadband statistics
  • Digital economy

    • Introduction
    • e-commerce
    • e-Health
    • e-Education
  • Mobile communications

    • Market overview
    • Mobile statistics
    • Mobile broadband statistics
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 3G
      • 4G LTE
      • Major mobile operators
    • Mobile content and applications
      • m-banking (payments/loans)
    • Mobile handsets
  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Tonga - 2019
  • Table 2 – Evolution of GDP in Tonga – 2011 – 2020
  • Table 3 – Tonga - fixed lines in service and tele-density – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 4 – Tonga – fixed broadband subscriptions and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 5 – Tonga – mobile subscriptions and penetration – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 6 – Tonga – Historic mobile subscribers – 1998 – 2004
  • Table 7 – Tonga – mobile broadband subscriptions and penetration – 2013 – 2019

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Current mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration rates in countries to benefit from the Kacific-1 satellite

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Number of pages 35

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Last updated 4 Dec 2019
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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