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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.