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New Caledonia-Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband-Statistics and Analyses

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Mobile and fixed network improvements underway in New Caledonia

New Caledonia has a well-developed telecoms sector for the Pacific Region and various projects which are underway will help to improve both fixed and mobile services further. The government owned OPT-NC provides fixed and mobile voice services, mobile internet, fixed broadband access, and wholesale services for other ISPs.

In order to meet future demand for its broadband and mobile services, OPT-NC awarded Alcatel- Lucent a three-year contract in November 2015 which will see it extend its DWDM solution across all inhabited New Caledonian islands. OPTC is also deploying a nationwide FttH network, to be completed by 2017.

New Caledonia has one of the highest mobile penetrations in the Pacific Islands region; recently reaching around 100%. However, it does have relatively slow mobile connections speeds when compared to other countries. As 4G networks are deployed this is expected to change.

Using its fibre network as a backbone, in February 2015 OPT-NC announced it was rolling out 4G in a three-phase project to be concluded at the end of 2016. By end-2017, the operator expects more than 85% of the population to be covered by the 4G network.

Key telecom parameters 2013; 2015

Sector | 2013 | 2015

Approximate subscribers to telecoms services: (e)

Fixed Broadband users | 53,600 | 63,000

Fixed-line telephony | 85,000 | 92,000

Mobile phone | 24,5000 | 264,000

(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)

Key developments:

The telecoms market of New Caledonia is deemed too small to warrant either infrastructure competition or a separate regulatory authority.

Office des Postes et Telecommunications de Nouvelle-Caledonie (OPT-NC) is the only telecom network operator, but a few private ISPs offer services over OPT-NC's network.

A significant change to New Caledonia's political status may occur by 2018 with a vote expected to be held to decide whether or not it should become independent from France.

In 2016 there is a slump in the nickel sector with prices declining and this in turn is placing strain on New Caledonia's economy.

Fixed broadband subscriber growth in New Caledonia sat at around 8% for the past couple of years.

Mobile penetration sits at around 100%-but mobile connection speeds are slow when compared to other countries.

Companies covered in this report include:

Office des Postes et Telecommunications de Nouvelle-Caledonie (OPT-NC), Alcatel-Lucent; Intelia.


Table Of Content


1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

4. Telecommunications market

4.1 Historical overview

4.2 Market analysis

4.3 Recent developments

5. Regulatory environment

5.1 Historic overview

5.2 Government plans

6. Fixed network operator in New Caledonia

6.1 OPT Nouvelle-Caledonie

7. Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 National and international

7.2 International infrastructure

8. Broadband access market

8.1 Overview

9. Mobile communications

9.1 Market analysis

10. Mobile handsets

11. Related reports

List Of Table

Table 1 Country statistics 2015

Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2015

Table 4 Fixed broadband statistics 2015

Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015

Table 6 National telecommunications authority

Table 7 Evolution of GDP in New Caledonia 2009-2015

Table 9 OPT-NC revenue and mobile subscribers 2013; 2015

Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997-2016

Table 9 Major ISPs subscribers June 2014

Table 10 Internet users and user penetration rate 2000-2015

Table 11 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2000-2015

Table 12 Mobile subscribers and penetration 1997-2015

Exhibit 1 OPT-NC at a glance

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Office des Postes et Telecommunications de Nouvelle-Caledonie (OPT-NC), Alcatel-Lucent, Intelia.