New Caledonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics

New Caledonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics

New Caledonia to deploy both FttH and LTEBuddeComm's report New Caledonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications market of New Caledonia, including industry and operator data updates and estimates through to 2014.


New Caledonia boasts a modern telecom infrastructure that is being continuously upgraded. The telecom market is deemed too small to warrant either infrastructure competition or a separate regulatory authority. The government owned Office des Postes et Télécommunications de Nouvelle-Calédonie (OPT-NC) provides fixed and mobile voice services, mobile internet, ADSL broadband access, and wholesale services for other ISPs.

Fixed broadband market

Broadband in New Caledonia is very well developed compared with other Pacific island countries. ADSL is the main broadband technology. OPT-NC's broadband service is branded OPTimo ADSL. Its ISP operates under the trading name L@goon. A few private ISPs offer ADSL and VoIP over OPT-NC's network. OPT-NC is starting to deploy a nationwide FttH network, to be completed by 2017.

Mobile voice and data market

OPT-NC operates a GSM 900 and a HSPA/UMTS network. Services include mobile voice and data. International roaming is available with many countries. As everywhere else in the world, mobile telephony has become the favoured means of communication, with users exceeding the number of fixed-line connections by almost 3:1. Nevertheless, compared with many other countries, teledensity is high in proportion to mobile penetration, which is still below 100%. OPT-NC plans to launch LTE (4G mobile) services by early 2015.

Key telecom parameters 2011 - 2013
Sector | 2011 | 2012 | 2013
Subscribers to telecoms services:
Fixed-line telephony | 76,200 | 80,000 | 85,000
Fixed broadband | 42,800 | 47,900 | 53,600
Mobile telephony | 227,300 | 231,000 | 240,500
(Source: BuddeComm)

Market highlights:

New Caledonia's international connectivity is provided by submarine cable and satellite;
The OPT 2017 Strategy Plan aims to modernise and expand infrastructure and lower rates;
A government scheme aims to install wireless access points throughout the territory;
the government has authorised an investment of US$88.7 million to promote universalisation;
OPT-NC allows clients in remote locations to access 3G broadband at the same price as ADSL.

This report provides an overview of trends and developments in the New Caledonian telecommunications market.

Subjects covered include:

Market and industry overviews;
Facts, figures, and statistics;
Telecommunications policies and regulatory issues;
Major players (fixed, mobile, and broadband);
Fixed-line market and infrastructure;
Internet and broadband market;
Mobile market.

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of New Caledonia's telecom market
4.2 Planned launch of LTE and FttH
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Background
5.2 Government plans
6. Fixed network operator in New Caledonia
6.1 OPT Nouvelle-Calédonie
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National and international
7.2 International infrastructure
8. Broadband access market
8.1 Overview
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Overview of New Caledonia's mobile market
10. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2013
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2013
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2013
Table 4 Fixed broadband statistics 2013
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2013
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in New Caledonia 2009 - 2013
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 - 2014
Table 9 Major ISPs subscribers June 2014
Table 10 Internet users and user penetration rate 2000 - 2014
Table 11 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2000 - 2014
Table 12 Mobile subscribers and penetration 1997 - 2014
Chart 1 Mobile market evolution 2004 2014
Exhibit 1 OPT-NC at a glance

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