Vanuatu - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Rural satellite broadband and new LTE services come to Vanuatu

Telecoms services have progressed significantly in Vanuatu in recent years and in 2016 there have been two milestones reached with both the launch of LTE services by one of the leading players, Digicel, and the introduction of a rural satellite broadband service by Kacific.

Mobile phones have become the primary mode of communication across the country, bringing deep social changes. As of 2015, more than 92% of the population is covered by a mobile network – TVL’s reaches about 80% of the population, and Digicel’s around 90%. However, in rural areas mobile phone use is sometimes limited by electricity shortage, having to rely on solar cells, batteries, and diesel generators.

While fixed broadband penetration remains low in Vanuatu (1.63% per 100 inhabitants in 2015), it did grow significantly between 2013 and 2014 when operators began investing more heavily in fibre optic cables and the ICN1 submarine cable landed. This resulted in an increase in capacity and subsequent reduction in broadband pricing.

Following this, mobile broadband infrastructure also expanded and improved with pricing drops also applied to mobile internet subscriptions. Mobile and fixed broadband penetration in Vanuatu now sits at a more robust penetration rate of around 45%.

Vanuatu has developed a Universal Access Policy (UAP) which aims to make the following ICT services available to 98% of the population by 2018:

  • voice communication;
  • narrowband data services, including text messaging;
  • broadband with a download speed of at least 21Mb/s and an upload speed of at least 12Mb/s.

The UAP fund is subsidised primarily by AusAID. In September 2015 the TRR announced it had signed Undertaking Agreements in regards to the UAP with Telecom Vanuatu, Telsat Broadband and Digicel Vanuatu.

Key telecom parameters – 2013; 2015

Sector 2013 2015
Approximate subscribers to telecoms services: (e)
Fixed Broadband subscribers 310 4,297
Fixed-line telephony 5,500 4,800
Mobile phone subscribers 127,200 174,818

(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)

Key developments:

  • Mobile subscriber growth grew strongly in 2015, despite the devastating impact of Cyclone Pam in March of the same year. This was attributed to the fast recovery efforts by the mobile operators to both fix the damaged networks and reconnect users as quickly as possible.
  • Multiple SIM ownership continues to be common in Vanuatu, with many customers subscribing to both mobile networks in order to take advantage of discounts and special offers.
  • Mobile broadband internet growth is expected to remain strong in Vanuatu in the coming years, in comparison to other Pacific islands where adoption is already high.

Companies covered in this report include:

Telecom Vanuatu Ltd (TVL), Digicel Vanuatu, WanTok Network, Telsat Broadband, Spim Ltd, Global Telecom Pacific Ltd, Kacific, O3b, Interchange Cable Network , Hawaiki Cable Ltd.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market analysis
    • 4.2 Recent developments
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historic overview
    • 5.2 Regulatory projects
    • 5.3 Regulatory authority
      • 5.3.1 Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR)
    • 5.4 Privatisation of Telecom Vanuatu
    • 5.5 Liberalisation
    • 5.6 Interconnect
    • 5.7 Spectrum
    • 5.8 National ICT Policy
    • 5.9 Universal Access Policy (UAP)
  • 6. Competition issues
  • 7. Fixed network operators
    • 7.1 Telecom Vanuatu Ltd
  • 8. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 8.1 National telecom network
    • 8.2 International infrastructure
      • 8.2.1 Submarine
      • 8.2.2 Satellite broadband
  • 9. Smart infrastructure
    • 9.1 Smart energy
  • 10. Broadband access market
    • 10.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 10.1.1 Market analysis
    • 10.2 Broadband statistics
  • 11. Digital economy
    • 11.1 Introduction
    • 11.2 e-Government
    • 11.3 e-Health
    • 11.4 e-Education
  • 12. Mobile communications
    • 12.1 Market analysis
    • 12.2 Mobile statistics
    • 12.3 Mobile broadband statistics
  • 13. Mobile infrastructure
    • 13.1 GSM, 3G
    • 13.2 4G LTE
    • 13.3 Major mobile operators
      • 13.3.1 Telecom Vanuatu Ltd
      • 13.3.2 Digicel Vanuatu
  • 14. Mobile handsets
  • 15. 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 Vanuatu – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1997 - 2015
  • Table 8 – Percentage of Internet users – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 10 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 11 – Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2011 - 2015
  • Exhibit 1 – Telecommunications licences
  • Exhibit 2 – Telecom Vanuatu at a glance
  • Exhibit 3 – Kacific satellite broadband

Related Reports

Purchase this Report

US$550.00

Licence Information

Share this Report

Purchase with Confidence

Paul, May I congratulate you on a very successful and enjoyable afternoon with the Minister. In providing the roundtable discussions between government and industry, it highlighted the strong interest by stakeholders in Broadband and its implementation but it also presented us with other issues and opportunities that we need to address.

Dominic Schipano, CITT

Special Offers

Global Smart Infrastructure - Paving the Way for Smart Nations
US$795.00 until 20 Dec 2017
(normal price US$1,590.00)

Global Telecoms Trends in 2018 - Broadband Infrastructure, IoT, Video-Streaming and Smart Cities
US$795.00 until 20 Dec 2017
(normal price US$1,590.00)

Indonesia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
US$575.00 until 13 Dec 2017
(normal price US$1,150.00)

Hong Kong - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
US$575.00 until 13 Dec 2017
(normal price US$1,150.00)

Sample Reports

A selection of downloadable samples from our Annual Publications catalogue.


Download a Sample Report

More than 4,000 customers from 140 countries utilise BuddeComm Research

Are you interested in BuddeComm's Custom Research Service?

News & Views

Have the latest telecommunications industry news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to Paul's FREE weekly News & Views.