Vanuatu - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Vanuatu’s telecom market is small but has growth potential

Vanuatu has a population of less than 300,000 people and well over 50% of its mobile connections still access 2G services. In addition, it is one of the most vulnerable places on earth in terms of natural disasters and a substantial number of its population do not have access to electricity.

Despite this, telecoms services have progressed significantly in recent years with a liberalised market; the existence of two prominent mobile operators including Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (operating as TVL) and Digicel Vanuatu; the launch of LTE services and introduction of a rural satellite broadband service by Kacific. Over the next few years we will see an increase in both 4G LTE and 3G as 2G declines.

While fixed broadband penetration remains low in Vanuatu, the incumbent operator is slowly exchanging fixed-lines for fibre-optics and there are a number of ongoing submarine cable developments which will assist to increase speeds and lower Internet pricing.

Kylie Wansink, Senior Analyst

Key developments:

  • Vanuatu is benefitting both economically and socially with improved satellite and submarine cable infrastructure telecoms being implemented.
  • In 2019/2020 an important telecoms development is occurring for Vanuatu with the launch of the Kacific-1 satellite.
  • Mobile date growth is expected to remain strong in Vanuatu in the coming years.
  • Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) was acquired by Amalgamated Telecom Holdings as part of its regional expansion.

Companies covered in this report include:

Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH), Telecom Vanuatu Ltd (TVL), Digicel Vanuatu.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market analysis
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historic overview
    • Regulatory projects
    • Regulatory authority
      • Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR)
    • Privatisation of Telecom Vanuatu
    • Liberalisation
    • Interconnect
    • Spectrum
    • National ICT Policy
    • Universal Access Policy (UAP)
  • Competition issues

  • Fixed network operators

    • Telecom Vanuatu Ltd (TVL)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

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

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Market analysis
  • Mobile communications

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
    • Mobile broadband statistics
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • Mobile technologies market share
      • GSM, 3G
      • 4G LTE
      • Major mobile operators
    • Mobile handsets
  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level country statistics and telecoms authorities – Vanuatu - 2019
  • Table 2 – Evolution of GDP in Vanuatu – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 3 – Vanuatu - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 4 – Vanuatu - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 5 – Vanuatu - mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 6 – Vanuatu - mobile broadband subscribers – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 7 –Vanuatu – percentage of mobile connections by technology – 2018; 2025

List of Charts

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

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Telecom Vanuatu at a glance
  • Exhibit 2 – Telecom Vanuatu Limited – historical snapshot
  • Exhibit 3 – Kacific satellite broadband

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