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:
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.
|Approximate subscribers to telecoms services: (e)|
|Fixed Broadband subscribers||310||4,297|
|Mobile phone subscribers||127,200||174,818|
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)
Telecom Vanuatu Ltd (TVL), Digicel Vanuatu, WanTok Network, Telsat Broadband, Spim Ltd, Global Telecom Pacific Ltd, Kacific, O3b, Interchange Cable Network , Hawaiki Cable Ltd.
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