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Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics - Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics

Internet penetration increases as mobile broadband helps bring access to the people

BuddeComm's report Papua New Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications market of PNG, including industry and operator data updates and estimates through to 2015.


Located in the southwest Pacific Ocean of Melanesia and only about 160kms north of Australia lies the mainland of Papua New Guinea and around 600 outlying islands. The western half of the mainland adjoins the New Guinea Island, which forms part of Indonesia. The topography of the island is mountainous and tropical with the majority of the land under customary land ownership. PNG is the largest populated Pacific Island County with over seven million inhabitants while around 85% of the populace live in non-urban areas.

Subsistence based agricultural products, mining and petroleum products are among the largest export industries. The massive mineral developments planned and in progress over the coming decades require advanced communications that are necessary to trade on the global stage. By mid-2014 the LNG project has now seen its first shipment completed. Although it has been estimated that the project may double the GDP of the country over its operational life, with the construction phase now finalised spending will now be reduced.

Infrastructure market

The Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) Bemobile/Vodafone and Digicel are both expected to expand their coverage footprints in 2014/15 as they increase the network cells adding to their 3G/4G coverage. In the satellite and submarine communication systems there has been renewed interest as additional satellites are in the planning and the submarine network across the Pacific extends with another link coming to PNG from the Solomon Islands. A number of company takeovers in the satellite sector recent years has also occurred as the operators build increasing market share.

Internet market

While the fixed-line telephone and broadband market are small, the rollout of the National Transmission Network or (National Broadband Network) will see positive uptake and use of the benefits that can be harnessed through accessibility to the global markets. The NTN/NBN is expected to be nearing its completion by 2017. A wholesale SOE, DataCo will see reductions in access pricing structures as the government is keen to see accessibility available to the people to build skills and enrich its society.

Mobile market

Mobile communications availability is expected to cover 100% of population as Digicel expands its communication towers across the countryside. While SIM penetration is still below 50%, when accessibility is matched with pricing incentives, BuddeComm believes that mobile SIM penetration will dramatically increase. The announcement of the licensing of a third MNOs in 2014 may see further competition in this market.

Regulatory market

The regulatory authority NICTA is moving ahead with regulatory changes including the introduction of cyber policies and SIM registrations. The demand for spectrum band licensing is anticipated with upcoming sales, while the restructuring of the incumbent Telikom progresses.

Companies covered in this report:

Digicel, Bmobile, Vodafone, Telikom, A-Tel, EMTV, Citifon, DataCo, Hitron, Datec, Pactel, Speedcast NewSat.
Key telecom parameters 2014 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 2%
Fixed broadband
Mobile broadband | 7%
Mobile SIM (population) | 50%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Market highlights:

Bmobile partners with global mobile operator, Vodafone.
Submarine and satellite networks see activity hotting up.
Additional spectrum licensing set to be sold.
4G services commenced by Digicel.
Third MNO, A-Tel secures operating licenses.

This report provides an overview of trends and developments in the PNG 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;
Broadband market;
Mobile market;
Broadcasting players.

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 General outlook
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Papua New Guinea's telecom market
4.2 Moving forward in telecommunication towards 2030
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 History
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.2.1 National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA)
5.3 Universal Access and Service Fund
5.4 ICT licenses
5.5 SIM registration
5.6 Consumer protection and data collection
5.7 Sexting is not appropriate or on social media
5.8 Spectrum license management
6. Fixed network operators in PNG
6.1 Telikom PNG Ltd
6.2 Digicel
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.1.1 Background information
7.1.2 Challenges of maintaining and building infrastructure
7.1.3 Fixed line statstics
7.2 National Transmission Network (NTN)
7.2.1 Overview
7.2.2 DataCo Limited
7.3 International infrastructure
7.3.1 Satellite connections
7.3.2 Submarine cables
7.3.3 Satellite expansion
8. Broadband and internet access market
8.1 Internet market overview
8.2 ISP market
8.2.1 Overview
8.2.2 Datec
8.2.3 Data Nets Online South Pacific
8.2.4 Hitron
8.3 Wireless broadband
8.4 Satellite broadband
9. Digital Media / Broadcasting
9.1 Satellite and cable TV
9.1.1 Background information
9.1.2 Digicel
9.1.3 HiTRON Ltd
9.2 Kalang Advertising Limited
9.3 Media Niugini Limited (MNL)
9.3.1 EMTV
9.4 National Broadcasting Corporation
9.4.1 Kundu 2, National Broadcasting Corporation, Tribe FM
9.5 PNGFM Limited
9.6 Social Media
9.7 Tablets on 3G
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Overview of PNG's mobile market
10.2 Mobile infrastructure
10.3 Mobile statistics
10.4 Major mobile operators
10.4.1 A-Tel
10.4.2 Citifon
10.4.3 Bemobile / Vodafone
10.4.4 Digicel
10.5 Mobile technologies
10.5.1 CDMA services
10.5.2 Third generation mobile
10.5.3 4G / LTE
10.6 Mobile voice services
10.6.1 VSAT connects remote Manus Islands
10.7 Mobile Broadband (Access)
10.7.1 MiFi hotspots
10.8 M-banking
10.8.1 Telikom and BSP
10.8.2 mPowa
11. Digital economy
11.1 E-education
11.1.1 One Laptop Per Child Program (OPLC)
11.2 E-government
11.2.1 Overview
11.3 E-commerce
11.3.1 Easipawa
12. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Papua New Guinea 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Internet statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP and inflation in Papua New Guinea 2003 - 2015
Table 8 Mobile penetration in Oceania by selected country 2003; 2008; 2013
Table 9 Anticipate growth in telecommunications sector 2010; 2015; 2020; 2025; 2030
Table 10 Fixed lines in service and penetration 2004 - 2016
Table 11 Fixed lines in service and penetration (historic) 1999 - 2003
Table 12 Internet users and penetration rate 1998 - 2015
Table 13 Fixed broadband subscriber, annual changes and penetration rates 2007 - 2015
Table 14 Internet bandwidth 2001 - 2014
Table 15 Facebook users overview - 2010 - 2013
Table 16 Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 17 Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate (historic) 1996 - 2004
Table 18 E-government ratings overview in PNG - 2008 - 2010
Chart 1 Overview of fixed lines and penetration rates 2004 - 2016
Chart 2 Overview of fixed broadband, internet subscribers and penetration rates 2004 - 2015
Chart 3 Overview of mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Map of Papua New Guinea
Exhibit 2 PNG Telecommunications Authority (PANGTEL) and the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) historic overview
Exhibit 3 Privatisation of Telikom PNG historic overview
Exhibit 4 Overview of ICT licences and sub-categories in Papua New Guinea
Exhibit 5 Overview of availability of spectrum frequencies in Papua New Guinea 2014
Exhibit 6 Major submarine cables with landing points in Papua New Guinea 2014
Exhibit 7 Recycled APNG-1 submarine cable now APNG-2 Port Moresby to Sydney
Exhibit 8 Background information on the PMG internet gateway
Exhibit 9 Overview of the additional mobile licenses offered historic
Exhibit 10 Mobile operators and technology used
Exhibit 11 Vodafone moves into the market
Exhibit 12 Hybrid technology powers cell base stations in remote locations and boosts economy
Exhibit 13 Overview of One Laptop Per Child program in the South Pacific Islands 2010

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