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Fiji - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Published By :

BuddeComm

Published Date : Jun 2018

Category :

Telecommunications

No. of Pages : 42 Pages

Advanced 4G LTE services arrive in Fiji
Fiji plays an important role in the Pacific Islands as it is one of the most advanced economies in the region. Fijian citizens rely heavily on telecommunication services in order to stay connected in an increasingly globalised society.

Fiji presents a challenging geographic environment for infrastructure development generally, due to its population being spread across more than 100 islands. However the majority of Fijians live on the two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

In 2018 the Fijian government implemented plans to connect the two major islands via a submarine cable system - and this will provide high-speed Internet access to the residents of Fiji’s second largest island.

This will also provide a more secure link between the two islands in times of emergency weather events like the regular tropical cyclones which often cause much destruction to this area. These natural disasters often destroy infrastructure including electricity and telecoms equipment.

The rural, remote and maritime communities of Fiji will also receive a boost to their communication services in 2018 with the Fijian government’s television infrastructure arm, Walesi, obtaining more satellite capacity from Eutelsat. This will allow Free-to-Air (FTA) television to be broadcast to wider range of remote communities.

Overall, Fiji hosts a relatively sophisticated communications infrastructure with the highest mobile and Internet penetration in the Pacific islands. Further improvements to networks are continuing with Digicel Fiji rolling out its LTE-A network in the more highly populated areas of Fiji.

Key developments:

  • ATH was given regulatory approval to acquire BlueSky Cook Islands in late 2017.
  • Fiji is demonstrating initial progress towards 5G readiness.
  • Pricing reductions in data and hardware together with an increase in bandwidth availability have seen mobile broadband penetration increase dramatically over the last couple of years.
  • Communications Fiji Limited (CFL) sold its minority shareholding (12.5%) in Unwired Fiji to Digicel in June 2017.

Companies covered in this report include:

Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH), Telecom Fiji Limited (TFL), Fiji International Telecommunications Limited (FINTEL), Pacific Emerging Technologies (PET), Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN), Vodafone Fiji Limited (VFL), Digicel Fiji, Inkk Mobile, Unwired Fiji, Fintel Internet Services (Kidanet).

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Key statistics

2.1 Country overview

3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Market overview
3.2 Market analysis

4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historical overview
4.2 Regulatory authorities
4.3 The Radisson Accord and Deeds of Settlement
4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in Fiji
4.5 Compulsory Registration of Customers for Telephone Services Decree 2010
4.6 Mobile regulatory issues
4.6.1 Opt-in for mobile messaging.
4.6.2 Third generation (3G) mobile
4.6.3 Interconnect
4.6.4 Spectrum
4.6.5 MTRs
4.6.6 MNP
4.6.7 Network sharing

5. Competition issues
5.1 Telecommunication services price regulation
5.1.1 Background
5.1.2 Network termination rates
5.1.3 Telecommunications Levy

6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Ltd (ATH)
6.2 Telecom Fiji (TFL)
6.3 Fiji International Telecommunications Ltd (Fintel)
6.4 Pacific Emerging Technologies (PET)

7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.1.1 Overview
7.1.2 Fixed line statistics
7.1.3 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.3 Next Generation Network (NGN)
7.4 International infrastructure (satellite, submarine)
7.4.1 Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN)
7.4.2 Fiji to Tonga connected
7.4.3 Fiji to Vanuatu connected – ICN1
7.4.4 Tui-Samoa cable
7.4.5 Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs)
7.4.6 Planned satellite expansion

8. Smart infrastructure
8.1 Smart grids/renewable energy
8.2 Data centres, cloud computing

9. Fixed broadband
9.1 Broadband statistics
9.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

10. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
10.1 Introduction
10.1.1 National broadband policy
10.1.2 Fiji Internet Exchange (FIX) and Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
10.1.3 Tele-centre project – to bridge the digital divide

11. Other fixed broadband services
11.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
11.1.1 WiFi
11.1.2 WiMAX

12. Digital economy
12.1 E-commerce
12.2 E-banking

13. Digital media
13.1 Broadcasting
13.2 VoIP
13.3 Music-streaming

14. Mobile communications
14.1 Market analysis
14.2 Mobile statistics
14.2.1 General statistics
14.2.2 Mobile broadband statistics
14.3 Mobile infrastructure
14.3.1 5G
14.3.2 4G LTE
14.3.3 3G

15. Major mobile operators
15.1 Vodafone Fiji (VFL)
15.1.1 Revenue
15.1.2 Mobile voice and data services
15.2 Digicel Fiji
15.3 MVNOs

16. Mobile content and applications
16.1 m-banking (payments/loans)

17. Mobile handsets

18. Related reports

List of Table

Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities- Fiji – 2018 (e)
Table 2 – Evolution of GDP and inflation in Fiji – 2012 - 2018
Table 3 – ATH Group and Holding Company – revenue and operating profit – 2015; 2017
Table 4 – Telecom Fiji – key financials – 2015, 2017
Table 5 – FINTEL – sales revenue – 2014 - 2017
Table 6 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2006 - 2018
Table 7 – Internet bandwidth – 1999 - 2016
Table 8 – Internet users and internet penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
Table 9 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2004 - 2018
Table 10 – Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
Table 11 – Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2008 - 2018
Table 12 – Vodafone Fiji Limited revenue – 2015 – 2017
Table 13 – Historical - Estimated Vodafone Fiji Limited ARPU – 2008 - 2014
Table 14 – Vodafone Fiji Limited mobile subscribers – 2009 - 2017

List of Chart

Chart 1 – Mobile subscriber versus mobile broadband subscriber growth – 2008 - 2018
Exhibit 1 – Impact of Cyclone Winston
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 – An overview of University of the South Pacific, AARNet and Japan-Pacific ICT
Exhibit 6 – The award of the second mobile licence
Exhibit 7 – An overview of mobile money in Fiji
Exhibit 8 – A brief overview of the M-PAiSA system

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