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. The existing submarine cable infrastructure is also no longer adequate and Internet services are expensive and slow.
Internet access is expected to improve however with the 2018 build-out of a new submarine cable known as the Coral Sea Cable System which will link PNG to the Solomon Islands, with a connecting cable to the Australian (Sydney) landing station. It will provide increased capacity and reliability as well reduce Internet costs for consumers.
There have been recent improvements to mobile infrastructure as well, with additional 3G launches and 4G LTE deployment in some urban areas. This has resulted in growth for the mobile broadband sector which took a big leap forward in the past couple of years in terms of subscriber growth.
A significant pricing development occurred in Papua New Guinea in September 2018 when the Communication Minister rejected a Retail Service Determination (RSD) recommendation, due to concerns over its social and economic impact.
The Coral Sea Cable System is under development in 2018.
Bmobile and Citifon (Telikom PNG) plan to merge together to form Kumul Telecom. This was given ICCC approval towards the end of 2017.
In May 2018 the ICCC granted approval for DataCo to join the Kumul Telecom consortium as well.
The World Bank assisting PNG with funding to build mobile infrastructure in remote and rural areas.
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.
Companies mentioned in this report include:
Kumul Telikom; Telikom PNG, PNG DataCo, Digicel, Bmobile, Vodafone, Citifon.
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
5.5 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
5.6 Universal Services Access
5.7 SIM registration
5.9 Retail service determination (RSD)
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
7.3.2 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
9.2.2 Digicel Play
9.2.3 Click TV
10. Mobile market
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.3 Mobile broadband
10.4 Mobile infrastructure
10.4.2 4G / LTE
10.5 Major mobile operators
10.5.2 Bmobile/ Vodafone
10.5.3 Citifon (Telikom)
11. Related reports
List of Tables
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 2008 - 2018
Table 13 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2008 - 2018
Table 14 mobile subscriptions and penetration 2008 - 2018
Table 15 active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 - 2018
Table 16 Mobile operators market share 2014 - 2016
Table 17 Digicel PNG and Digicel Group revenue 6M 2015; 2016
Table 18 Digicel PNG mobile subscribers 2014 - 2016
Table 19 Bmobile - mobile subscribers 2014 - 2016
Table 20 PNG Telikom (Citifon) - mobile subscribers 2014 - 2016
List of Charts
Chart 1 mobile operators by market share 2014 - 2016
List of Exhibits
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 (Telecom) Holdings Limited
Exhibit 5 National Transmission Network map
Exhibit 6 VSAT connects remote Manus Islands
Exhibit 6 Major submarine cables with landing points in Papua New Guinea 2018
Exhibit 7 The laying of APNG-2 a recycled submarine cable
Exhibit 9 Mobile operators and technology used