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Papua New Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Papua New Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Mobile broadband subscribers grew substantially in Papua New Guinea
Over the past few years, Papua New Guinea has experienced positive GDP growth and the government is currently introducing its national strategy, Vision 2050 which is hoped will further address long-term infrastructure requirements; improve general living conditions and maintain economic stability. Papua New Guinea is also being guided by its medium-term plan, The Papua New Guinea Development Strategic Plan.
Network deployment costs are high in PNG due to the relatively low subscriber base, the impervious terrain, and the high proportion of the population living in rural areas. As a result, fixed telecom infrastructure is almost non-inexistent outside urban centres, leaving most of the population un-serviced. With fixed tele-density having seen little change over the past two decades, progress in telecommunications has come primarily from mobile networks, with organizations such as The World Bank assisting PNG with funding to build mobile infrastructure in remote and rural areas.
The recent deployment of additional mobile infrastructure and launch of 4G LTE was reflected in the recent growth of the mobile broadband sector which took a big leap forward in the past couple of years in terms of subscriber growth.
Three mobile service operators provide services including Digicel, Bmobile (Vodafone), and Citifon (Telikom PNG). However, this competitive landscape is expected to change with a proposed merger between Bmobile and Citifon (Telikom PNG) given Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) approval in late 2017. Considering Digicel has by far the largest mobile subscriber base in PNG; it is hoped the merger will increase mobile competition and drive service and infrastructure developments further.

Recent developments:

Bmobile and Citifon (Telikom PNG) plan to merge together to form Kumul Telecom. This was given ICCC approval towards the end of 2017.
In terms of Internet access, PNG has traditionally lagged other nations in terms of access and penetration. A need to bridge the digital divide continues to exist.
The World Bank has been working with PNG to improve Internet connectivity in rural and remote areas since 2009.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Kumul Telikom; Telikom PNG, PNG DataCo, Digicel, Bmobile, Vodafone, Citifon.

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
4.1.1 Other key considerations
4.2 Telecom sector development targets for 2030
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.2.1 Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC)
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Telikom PNG
6.2 Kumul Telikom Holdings Limited
6.3 PNG DataCo
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.2 National Transmission Network (NTN)
7.3 International infrastructure
7.3.1 Satellite
7.3.2 Submarine cables
8. Broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
9. Digtal media
9.1 Video streaming/television
9.2 Major players
9.2.1 HiTRON
9.2.2 Digicel Play
9.2.3 Click TV
10. Mobile market
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.3 Mobile broadband
10.4 Regulatory issues
10.4.1 SIM registration
10.4.2 MNP
10.5 Mobile infrastructure
10.5.1 3G
10.5.2 4G / LTE
10.6 Major mobile operators
10.6.1 Digicel
10.6.2 Bemobile (bmobile)/ Vodafone
10.6.3 Citifon (Telikom)
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Papua New Guinea 2018
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2018
Table 3 Broadband statistics 2018
Table 4 Mobile statistics 2018
Table 5 National telecommunications authority
Table 6 Evolution of GDP in PNG 2013 - 2018
Table 7 Fixed/mobile market share - 2000 - 2018
Table 8 Telecom sector development goals 2010; 2015; 2020; 2025; 2030
Table 9 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2009
Table 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 11 International bandwidth 2004 - 2016
Table 12 Internet users and penetration rates 2000 - 2016
Table 13 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2008 - 2018
Table 14 Historic Mobile subscriptions and penetration - 1997 - 2009
Table 15 mobile subscriptions and penetration 2010 - 2018
Table 16 active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 - 2018
Table 17 Mobile operators market share 2014 - 2016
Table 18 Digicel PNG and Digicel Group revenue 6M 2015; 2016
Table 19 Digicel PNG mobile subscribers 2014 - 2016
Table 20 Bmobile - mobile subscribers 2014 - 2016
Table 21 PNG Telikom (Citifon) - mobile subscribers 2014 - 2016
Chart 1 mobile operators by market share 2014 - 2016
Exhibit 1 Map of Papua New Guinea
Exhibit 2 Privatisation of Telikom PNG historic overview
Exhibit 3 Telikom PNG at a glance
Exhibit 4 Kumul Telikom Holdings Limited
Exhibit 5 National Transmission Network map
Exhibit 6 Major submarine cables with landing points in Papua New Guinea 2014
Exhibit 7 The laying of APNG-2 a recycled submarine cable
Exhibit 8 VSAT connects remote Manus Islands
Exhibit 9 Mobile operators and technology used

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