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New Caledonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics

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Market Briefing
Published: September 2014
Pages: 8
Research from: Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd.
Sector: Broadband & Fixed

From: GBP 203.00
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New Caledonia to deploy both FttH and LTE
BuddeComm’s report New Caledonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications market of New Caledonia, including industry and operator data updates and estimates through to 2014.


Background
New Caledonia boasts a modern telecom infrastructure that is being continuously upgraded. The telecom market is deemed too small to warrant either infrastructure competition or a separate regulatory authority. The government owned Office des Postes et Télécommunications de Nouvelle-Calédonie (OPT-NC) provides fixed and mobile voice services, mobile internet, ADSL broadband access, and wholesale services for other ISPs.


Fixed broadband market


Broadband in New Caledonia is very well developed compared with other Pacific island countries. ADSL is the main broadband technology. OPT-NC’s broadband service is branded OPTimo ADSL. Its ISP operates under the trading name Lagoon.  A few private ISPs offer ADSL and VoIP over OPT-NC’s network. OPT-NC is starting to deploy a nationwide FttH network, to be completed by 2017.


Mobile voice and data market


OPT-NC operates a GSM 900 and a HSPA/UMTS network. Services include mobile voice and data. International roaming is available with many countries. As everywhere else in the world, mobile telephony has become the favoured means of communication, with users exceeding the number of fixed-line connections by almost 3:1. Nevertheless, compared with many other countries, teledensity is high in proportion to mobile penetration, which is still below 100%. OPT-NC plans to launch LTE (4G mobile) services by early 2015.


Key telecom parameters – 2011 - 2013


Sector
 2011
 2012
 2013
 
Subscribers to telecoms services:
 
Fixed-line telephony
 76,200
 80,000
 85,000
 
Fixed broadband
 42,800
 47,900
 53,600
 
Mobile telephony
 227,300
 231,000
 240,500
 

Market highlights:


New Caledonia’s international connectivity is provided by submarine cable and satellite;
The OPT 2017 Strategy Plan aims to modernise and expand infrastructure and lower rates;
A government scheme aims to install wireless access points throughout the territory;
the government has authorised an investment of US$88.7 million to promote universalisation;
OPT-NC allows clients in remote locations to access 3G broadband at the same price as ADSL.
This report provides an overview of trends and developments in the New Caledonian 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;
Internet and broadband market;
Mobile market.

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