Vanuatu - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics

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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

(Source: BuddeComm)

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

Market highlights:

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;

Major players (fixed, mobile, and broadband);

Fixed-line market and infrastructure;

Internet and broadband market;

Mobile market.

Lucia Bibolini

September 2014

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Vanuatu's telecom market
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Background
5.2 Regulatory projects
5.3 Regulatory authority
5.3.1 Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR)
5.4 Privatisation of Telecom Vanuatu
5.5 Liberalisation
5.6 National ICT Policy
5.7 Universal Access Policy (UAP)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Telecom Vanuatu Ltd
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
8. Broadband access market
8.1 Overview
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Overview of Vanuatu's mobile market
9.2 Major mobile operators
9.2.1 Telecom Vanuatu Ltd
9.2.2 Digicel Vanuatu
10. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2013
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2013
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2013
Table 4 Fixed broadband statistics 2013
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2013
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 6 Evolution of GDP in Vanuatu 2000 - 2014
Table 7 Mobile penetration in Oceania by selected country 2003; 2008; 2013
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 - 2014
Table 9 Internet users and user penetration rate 2000 - 2014
Table 10 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2014
Table 11 Mobile iinternet subscribers and penetration 2011 - 2014
Table 12 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2002 - 2014
Chart 1 Mobile market evolution 2004 2014
Exhibit 1 Telecommunications licences
Exhibit 2 Telecom Vanuatu at a glance

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