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Fiji - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Fiji - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Executive Summary

Cyclone Winston showcases crucial role of Fiji's mobile networks for telecoms

Fiji is one of the largest of the Pacific Island countries in terms of population, with just under 900,000 living there. The majority of the population, around 85%, live in just two of the more than 100 inhabited islands. Economic growth in terms of GNI has continued to increase since 2010 Tourism continues to play a major role in the economics of the islands.

The recent cyclone, Cyclone Winston, which hit the area will have significant economic consequences for Fiji, not only in the cost of cleaning up and repairing the damage but also in the short-term after-effects caused by the drop in tourists numbers. Although power and landlines were down for up to 80% of the population, the mobile infrastructure, back-up with generators installed in many base stations, has proved resilient and thus mobile networks have become key to managing the numerous recovery efforts.

Internet market

While the fixed-line telephone and broadband market has seen substantial reductions from its small base, the introduction of mobile telephony has been similar to what occurs in most countries. The current government has made many fundamental changes that have brought mobile telecommunications and its economic benefits being available to the people of the islands. The increase in mobile broadband and the introduction of tele-centres that provide free access has seen internet penetration increase by double-digit figures since 2010 as additional users gained access to the internet. The international submarine connectivity through the island from Australia to the USA is now providing faster connectivity to some of Fiji's neighbours even though they are around 1,000kms away.

Mobile market

Mobile communications availability covers the majority of the population with more than 100% SIM penetration occurring with around 95% using the prepaid option. The pricing reductions in data and hardware together with an increase in bandwidth availability has seen mobile broadband penetration increase dramatically over the last couple of years.

Key telecom parameters 2015 (e)

Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration

Fixed-line telephony | 8%

Fixed broadband | 12%

Mobile broadband | 67%

Mobile SIM (population) | 115%

(Source: BuddeComm)

Key developments:

Cyclone Winston knocks out landlines but mobile services largely unharmed; Vodafone sells its local shareholding; Fijian submarine connectivity joins other Pacific Island countries; LTE services rolled out by Vodafone; mobile banking growth allows the unbanked to transact financially.

This report provides an overview of trends and developments in the Fijian 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

2.1 Country overview

3. Telecommunications market

3.1 Overview of Fiji's telecom market

4. Regulatory environment

4.1 Background

4.2 Regulatory authorities

4.3 The Radisson Accord and Deeds of Settlement

4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in Fiji

4.5 Telecommunication services price regulation

4.5.1 Background

4.5.2 Network termination rates

4.5.3 Telecommunications Levy

4.6 Compulsory Registration of Customers for Telephone Services Decree 2010

4.7 Spectrum management

5. Telecommunications infrastructure

5.1 National telecom network

5.1.1 Overview

5.1.2 Fixed line statstics

5.1.3 Next Generation Network (NGN)

5.1.4 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)

5.1.5 Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs)

5.1.6 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

5.1.7 Fiji Internet Exchange (FIX) and the need for a Internet Exchange Point (IXP)

5.2 International infrastructure

5.2.1 Overview

5.2.2 Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN)

5.2.3 Fiji to Tonga connected

5.2.4 Fiji to Vanuatu connected ICN1

5.2.5 Planned satellite expansion

5.3 Fixed Network operator

5.3.1 Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Ltd (ATH)

5.3.2 Financial statistical information

5.3.3 Telecom Fiji Ltd (TFL)

5.3.4 Fiji International Telecommunications Ltd (Fintel)

5.3.5 Pacific Emerging Technologies Limited (PET)

6. Internet market

6.1 Overview

6.2 Internet statistics

6.3 Internet Service Providers

6.3.1 Overview of the ISP market

6.3.2 Connect

6.3.3 Fintel Internet Services Ltd (Kidanet)

6.3.4 Unwired Fiji

7. Broadband access market

7.1 Fixed broadband

7.2 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)

7.3 Wireless broadband

7.3.1 WiFi

7.3.2 WiMAX

7.3.3 Internet via satellite

8. Digital economy

8.1 National broadband policy

8.1.1 Overview

8.1.2 Tele-centre project to bridge the digital divide

8.2 E-government

8.3 E-money

8.4 E-payments Customer preferred Currency (CPC)

9. Digital media

9.1 Radio overview

9.1.1 Fiji Broadcasting Limited

9.1.2 Communications Fiji Ltd (CFM)

9.1.3 Others radio broadcasters including commercial, church and community

9.2 FTA TV

9.2.1 Digital TV conversion

9.2.2 FBC TV

9.2.3 Fiji TV

9.2.4 MAI TV

9.3 Pay TV

9.3.1 SKY Pacific

9.3.2 Pacific Broadcasting Services (PBS) (historic)

10. Mobile communications

10.1 Overview of Fiji's mobile market

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Mobile regulatory environment

10.3.1 Opt-in for mobile messaging.

10.3.2 Third generation (3G) mobile

10.4 Major mobile operators

10.4.1 Vodafone Fiji Ltd (VFL)

10.4.2 Digicel Fiji Ltd

10.4.3 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

10.5 Mobile broadband (access)

10.5.1 Mobile broadband overview

10.5.2 4G/LTE services commence

10.5.3 Mobile broadband subscriber statistics

10.6 Mobile content and applications

10.6.1 M-commerce (micropayments)

10.6.2 SMS banking

10.6.3 Mobile TV

10.6.4 Facebook

11. Related reports

Chart 1 Overview of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2015

Chart 2 Overview of ATH key performance financial figures indicators 2007 - 2014

Chart 3 Overview of internet users and population penetration 2004 - 2015

Chart 4 Overview of broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration 2004 - 2015

Chart 5 Overview of FTV key financial information 2007 - 2014

Chart 6 Overview of mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2004 - 2015

Exhibit 1 Map of Fiji

Exhibit 2 Regulatory and telecoms background a brief overview 1895 - 2007

Exhibit 3 Subscriber details are required for phone registration

Exhibit 4 Background information on the rise and fall of fixed-line market in Fiji

Exhibit 5 Bandwidth pricing reductions

Exhibit 6 An overview of University of the South Pacific, AARNet and Japan-Pacific ICT

Exhibit 7 An overview of mobile money in Fiji

Exhibit 8 The award of the second mobile licence

Exhibit 9 A brief overview of the M-PAiSA system

Table 1 Country statistics 2014 (e)

Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014

Table 3 Internet statistics 2014

Table 4 Mobile broadband statistics 2014

Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014

Table 6 National telecommunications authorities

Table 7 Evolution of GDP and inflation in Fiji 2006 - 2014

Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2004 - 2015

Table 9 Fixed lines in service and teledensity (historic) 1994 - 2003

Table 10 Price comparison of VSAT packages in outer islands Apr 2013

Table 11 ATH key performance financial data indicators 2007 - 2014

Table 12 Internet bandwidth 1999 - 2015

Table 13 Internet users and internet penetration rate 2005 - 2015

Table 14 Internet users and internet penetration rate (historic) 1996 - 2004

Table 15 Fixed internet subscribers, annual change and penetration rate 1996 - 2011

Table 16 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2004 - 2015

Table 17 Snapshot of Connect Velocity ADSL2 pricing versus speed 2013 - 2014

Table 18 FTV key financial performance data 2007 - 2014

Table 19 Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate 2005 - 2014

Table 20 Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate (historic) 1996 - 2004

Table 21 Estimated Vodafone ARPU 2008 - 2014

Table 22 Vodafone prepaid versus postpaid subscribers 2009 - 2014

Table 23 4G contract mobile broadband access rates 2014

Table 24 4G prepaid mobile broadband access rates 2014

Table 25 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2008 - 2015

Table 26 Usage of Facebook overview - 2010 - 2013

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