Papua New Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Mobile broadband subscribers grew substantially in Papua Neisw Guinea

Over the past few years, Papua New Guinea has experienced positive GDP growth and the government is currently introducing its national strategy, Vision 2050 which is hoped will further address long-term infrastructure requirements; improve general living conditions and maintain economic stability. Papua New Guinea is also being guided by its medium-term plan, The Papua New Guinea Development Strategic Plan.

Network deployment costs are high in PNG due to the relatively low subscriber base, the impervious terrain, and the high proportion of the population living in rural areas. As a result, fixed telecom infrastructure is almost non-existent outside urban centres, leaving most of the population un-serviced. With fixed tele-density having seen little change over the past two decades, progress in telecommunications has come primarily from mobile networks, with organizations such as The World Bank assisting PNG with funding to build mobile infrastructure in remote and rural areas.

The recent deployment of additional mobile infrastructure and launch of 4G LTE was reflected in the recent growth of the mobile broadband sector which took a big leap forward in the past couple of years in terms of subscriber growth.

Three mobile service operators provide services including Digicel, Bmobile (Vodafone), and Citifon (Telikom PNG). However, this competitive landscape is expected to change with a proposed merger between Bmobile and Citifon (Telikom PNG) given Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) approval in late 2017. Considering Digicel has by far the largest mobile subscriber base in PNG; it is hoped the merger will increase mobile competition and drive service and infrastructure developments further.

Key developments:

  • Bmobile and Citifon (Telikom PNG) plan to merge together to form Kumul Telecom. This was given ICCC approval towards the end of 2017
  • In terms of Internet access, PNG has traditionally lagged other nations in terms of access and penetration. A need to bridge the digital divide continues to exist.
  • The World Bank has been working with PNG to improve Internet connectivity in rural and remote areas since 2009.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Kumul Telikom; Telikom PNG, PNG DataCo, Digicel, Bmobile, Vodafone, Citifon.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market analysis
      • 4.1.1 Other key considerations
    • 4.2 Telecom sector development targets for 2030
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historical overview
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
      • 5.2.1 Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC)
    • 5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Telikom PNG
    • 6.2 Kumul Telikom Holdings Limited
    • 6.3 PNG DataCo
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 National telecom network
    • 7.2 National Transmission Network (NTN)
    • 7.3 International infrastructure
      • 7.3.1 Satellite
      • 7.3.2 Submarine cables
  • 8. Broadband market
    • 8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
    • 8.2 Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
  • 9. Digtal media
    • 9.1 Video streaming/television
    • 9.2 Major players
      • 9.2.1 HiTRON
      • 9.2.2 Digicel Play
      • 9.2.3 Click TV
  • 10. Mobile market
    • 10.1 Market analysis
    • 10.2 Mobile statistics
    • 10.3 Mobile broadband
    • 10.4 Regulatory issues
      • 10.4.1 SIM registration
      • 10.4.2 MNP
    • 10.5 Mobile infrastructure
      • 10.5.1 3G
      • 10.5.2 4G / LTE
    • 10.6 Major mobile operators
      • 10.6.1 Digicel
      • 10.6.2 Bemobile (bmobile)/ Vodafone
      • 10.6.3 Citifon (Telikom)
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Papua New Guinea – 2018
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2018
  • Table 3 – Broadband statistics – 2018
  • Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2018
  • Table 5 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 6 – Evolution of GDP in PNG – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Fixed/mobile market share - 2000 - 2018
  • Table 8 – Telecom sector development goals – 2010; 2015; 2020; 2025; 2030
  • Table 9 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2009
  • Table 10 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 11 – International bandwidth – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 12 – Internet users and penetration rates – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 13 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 14 – Historic – Mobile subscriptions and penetration - 1997 - 2009
  • Table 15 – mobile subscriptions and penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 16 – active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 17 – Mobile operators market share – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 18 – Digicel PNG and Digicel Group revenue – 6M 2015; 2016
  • Table 19 – Digicel PNG mobile subscribers – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 20 – Bmobile - mobile subscribers – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 21 – PNG Telikom (Citifon) - mobile subscribers – 2014 - 2016
  • Chart 1 – mobile operators by market share – 2014 - 2016
  • Exhibit 1 – Map of Papua New Guinea
  • Exhibit 2 – Privatisation of Telikom PNG – historic overview
  • Exhibit 3 – Telikom PNG at a glance
  • Exhibit 4 – Kumul Telikom Holdings Limited
  • Exhibit 5 – National Transmission Network map
  • Exhibit 6 – Major submarine cables with landing points in Papua New Guinea – 2014
  • Exhibit 7 – The laying of APNG-2 – a recycled submarine cable
  • Exhibit 8 – VSAT connects remote Manus Islands
  • Exhibit 9 – Mobile operators and technology used

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