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

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

With fixed teledensity having seen little change over the past two decades, progress in PNGs telecommunications has come primarily from mobile networks, where accessibility has expanded from less than 3% population coverage in 2006 to more than 89% today with a combination of 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks on offer depending on location. 2G still exists in many rural and remote areas, with 3G and 4G LTE centred more on urban areas. The impending launch of the Kacific-1 satellite will do much to improve mobile services in PNG.
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-existent outside urban centres, leaving most of the population un-serviced.
The existing submarine cable infrastructure is also no longer adequate and Internet services are expensive and slow. Internet access is expected to improve however, with the build-out of a new submarine cable known as the Coral Sea Cable System which will link PNG to the Solomon Islands, with a connecting cable to the Australian (Sydney) landing station. It will provide increased capacity and reliability as well reduce Internet costs for consumers.

Key developments:

In 2018 testing of the Kacific-1 satellite began with a planned launch during late 2019.
International attention was focused on Papua New Guinea recently when it hosted the 2018 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit.
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.
A significant pricing development occurred in Papua New Guinea in September 2018 when the Communication Minister rejected a Retail Service Determination (RSD) recommendation, due to concerns over its social and economic impact.
The Coral Sea Cable System is under development.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Kumul Telikom; (Telikom PNG, PNG DataCo, Bmobile (Vodafone) and Digicel.


1 Key statistics
2 Country overview
3 Telecommunications market
3.1 Market analysis
3.2 Telecom sector development targets for 2030
4 Regulatory environment
4.1 Historical overview
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
4.4 Interconnection
4.5 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
4.6 Universal Services Access
4.7 SIM registration
4.8 MNP
4.9 Retail service determination (RSD)
5 Fixed network operators
5.1 Kumul Telikom Holdings Company Limited
6 Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 National Transmission Network (NTN)
7 Broadband market
7.1 Introduction and statistical overview
7.2 Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
8 Mobile market
8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Mobile statistics
8.3 Mobile broadband
8.4 Mobile infrastructure
8.5 Major mobile operators
8.6 Mobile content and applications
8.7 Mobile handsets
9 Related reports
Table 1 Top-level country statistics and regulatory authorities - Papua New Guinea 2019
Table 2 Evolution of GDP in PNG 2014 2019
Table 3 Papua New Guinea - Telecom sector development goals 2010; 2015; 2020; 2025; 2030
Table 4 Papua New Guinea - historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 2008
Table 5 Papua New Guinea - fixed lines in service and teledensity 2009 2019
Table 6 Papua New Guinea - International bandwidth 2004 2017
Table 7 Papua New Guinea - Internet users and penetration 2008 2018
Table 8 Papua New Guinea - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2019
Table 9 Papua New Guinea - mobile subscriptions and penetration 2008 2019
Table 10 Papua New Guinea - active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 2019
Table 11 Papua New Guinea percentage of mobile connections by technology 2018; 2025
Table 12 Papua New Guinea - mobile operators' market share 2014; 2016; 2018
Table 13 Historical - Digicel PNG and Digicel Group revenue 6M 2015; 2016
Table 14 Digicel PNG mobile subscribers 2014 2018
Table 15 Bmobile historical - mobile subscribers 2014 2016
Chart 1 PNG - mobile operators by market share 2014; 2016; 2018
Exhibit 1 Map of Papua New Guinea
Exhibit 2 Privatisation of Telikom PNG historic overview
Exhibit 3 Kumul Telikom (Telecom) Holdings Limited
Exhibit 4 National Transmission Network map
Exhibit 5 VSAT connects remote Manus Islands
Exhibit 6 Major submarine cables with landing points in Papua New Guinea 2018
Exhibit 7 The laying of APNG-2 a recycled submarine cable
Exhibit 8 Papua New Guinea - Mobile operators and technology used

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