Vanuatu - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics
Vanuatu's telecom sector ready for change with the launch of a submarine cable
BuddeComm's report Vanuatu - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications market of Vanuatu, including industry and operator data updates and estimates through to 2014.
Telecom Vanuatu Ltd (TVL) is the only provider of fixed-line telephony, but its licence is non-exclusive. In the mobile market, TVL competes with Digicel, which entered Vanuatu in 2008. Several companies compete in the internet/broadband market, but broadband penetration is still negligible, due to high prices and poor coverage. Nevertheless, this could change in the short term as a submarine cable system, Interchange Cable Network 1 (ICN1), became operational in January 2014. This is a significant milestone in Vanuatu's telecom development as it removes the country's dependence on satellite.
Mobile voice and data market
Mobile phones have become the primary mode of communication across the country, bringing deep social changes. Almost all of the population is covered by a mobile network, and almost all households have at least one mobile phone. Both TVL and Digicel offer mobile broadband using HSPA technology, although coverage is more restricted than the GSM/EDGE network. Mobile internet services over EDGE or HSPA are becoming more and more popular, with subscribers far outnumbering fixed broadband lines.
Universal Access Policy
A Universal Access Policy (UAP) passed in November 2013 aims to make the following ICT services available to 98% of the population by 2018: voice communication; narrowband data services, including text messaging; broadband with a download speed of at least 21Mb/s and an upload speed of at least 12Mb/s. The UAP fund is subsidised primarily by AusAID.
Key telecom parameters 2011 - 2013
Sector | 2011 | 2012 | 2013
Subscribers to telecoms services:
Fixed-line telephony | 5,900 | 5,300 | 5,000
Fixed broadband | 340 | 310 | 300
Mobile telephony | 155,800 | 146,100 | 150,000
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.
The telecom regulator has been holding public consultations on spectrum for fixed telecoms services, mobile broadband, and LTE;
The government has approved a National ICT Policy;
WanTok Network Ltd has launched broadband in Port Vila over a 4G LTE TDD network.
This report provides an overview of trends and developments in the telecommunications market of Vanuatu. Subjects covered include:
Market and industry overviews;
Facts, figures, and statistics;
Telecommunications policies and regulatory issues;