Tuvalu - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Improved satellite infrastructure expected to make a vast difference in Tuvalu

Tuvalu has a very small population on a global scale, with less than 10,000 inhabitants on the remote and scattered group of nine inhabited coral atolls. Mobile subscriber penetration sits at around 40% in Tuvalu, compared to fixed broadband at only 10% penetration. Surprisingly, this fixed broadband penetration is comparatively quite high when compared to most other South Pacific nations.

Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TCC) is the government-owned and sole provider of telecommunication services. While it holds the monopoly in Tuvalu; in 2012 an amendment to the Telecommunications Act paved the way for government to license a second operator in the future.

TCC is working to improve telecoms services across Tuvalu which is heavily based on satellite technology. TCC has signed deals with Kacific Broadband Satellite which will see increases to high-speed bandwidth capacity over the next few years.

In addition, in 2015 Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and TTC announced they had signed a 5-year contract to improve capacity and offer higher speed Internet for schools, hospitals and banks as well increased IP backhaul capacity for the mobile network.

These developments will go a long way to improve the telecoms services for citizens of Tuvalu.

Key telecom parameters – 2013; 2015

Sector 2013 2015
Approximate subscribers to telecoms services: (e)
Fixed broadband subscribers 700 1,000
Fixed-line telephony 1,450 2,000
Mobile phone subscribers 3,400 4,000

(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)

Key developments:

  • Tuvalu suffered wide-spread damaged caused by Cyclone Pam in March 2015.
  • 3G has not yet been launched in Tuvalu.
  • Tuvalu is the unique owner of the Internet domain suffix .tv which has provided extra income to the country.
  • In 2015 a network sharing deal was signed between TTC and FSM Telecom from Micronesia.
  • TTC signed deals with Kacific Broadband Satellite and Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) which will provide increased satellite capacity and coverage for Tuvalu.

Companies covered in this report include:

Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TTC); FSM Telecom; Kacific Broadband Satellite; Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS).

Kylie Wansink

Senior Analyst


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 Tuvalu Telecom Act 1993
      • 5.1.1 Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (amendment) Act 2012
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TTC)
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 National telecom network
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
      • 7.2.1 Satellite
  • 8. Smart infrastructure
    • 8.1 Smart grids
  • 9. Broadband access market
    • 9.1 Introduction and statistical overview
    • 9.2 Broadband statistics
  • 10. Mobile communications
    • 10.1 Market analysis
    • 10.2 Mobile statistics
  • 11. 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 Tuvalu– 2011 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Tuvalu - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 8 – Tuvalu – fixed broadband subscriptions and penetration – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 9 – Tuvalu – mobile subscribers and penetration – 2011 - 2015
  • Exhibit 1 – Rising sea levels threaten Tuvalu
  • Exhibit 2 – AusAID project

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Number of pages 13

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Last updated 14 Sep 2016
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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