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

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New Caledonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Published: February 16, 2021 Content info: 59 Pages
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Gondwana-2 scheduled for completion in 2022

The South Pacific region has become a hub for submarine cable system developments in recent years, with further networks scheduled to come online later in 2021 and into 2022. These new cables are expected to increase competition in the region with regards to international capacity. In 2020, the government owned telco OPT-NC commissioned Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) to build the Gondwana-2 cable system to provide additional network capacity and complement the Gondwana-1 cable.

New Caledonia's telecom sector is dominated by OPT-NC, which holds a monopoly and provides fixed and mobile voice services, mobile internet, fixed broadband access, and wholesale services for other ISPs.

The country is well serviced by extensive 3G and LTE networks and is considered to have one of the highest smartphone adoption rates in the Pacific region.

While DSL is still the dominant fixed broadband technology, OP-NC is also deploying a nationwide FttP network.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. In 2020, the telecoms sector experienced a downturn in mobile device production, and it was also difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G was postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Key developments:

  • Gondwana-2 international submarine cable due for completion in early 2022;
  • Tamoo cable to connect New Caledonia to Hawaiki cable scheduled for completion later in 2021;
  • Civil unrest as Brazilian mining company Vale plans its exit from New Caledonia;
  • October 2020 referendum for independence from France showing 53% of voters chose to remain part of France;
  • Fibre subscribers number over 20,000 by end-2020, with 32,800 homes passed;
  • Report update includes an assessment of the global impact of Covid-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

Office des Postes et Télécommunications de Nouvelle-Calédonie (OPT-NC), Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), Société Calédonienne de Connectivité Internationale (SCCI), Hawaiki Cable, Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), Orange Marine, Hawaiki Submarine Cable.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Key statistics

Country overview

Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Mobile devices
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure
  • Impact on New Caledonia

Telecommunications market

  • Market overview and analysis

Regulatory environment

  • Historic overview
  • Government plans

Mobile communications

  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile broadband statistics

Fixed broadband access market

  • Overview

Fixed network operator

  • OPT Nouvelle-Calédonie

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • National and international
  • International infrastructure
    • Submarine
    • Satellite

Appendix - historic data

Glossary of abbreviations

Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 - Top level country statistics and regulatory authorities - New Caledonia - 2020 (e)
  • Table 2 - Evolution of GDP in New Caledonia - 2009 - 2018
  • Table 3 - Development of OPT-NC's total and telecom revenue - 2011 - 2019
  • Table 4 - Market share of revenue by sector - 2013 - 2019
  • Table 5 - Development of OPT-NC's fixed and mobile revenue - 2011 - 2019
  • Table 6 - OPT-NC financial data - 2012 - 2019
  • Table 7 - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2011 - 2026
  • Table 8 - Mobile base stations in service - 2014 - 2018
  • Table 9 - Mobile voice and SMS traffic (thousand) - 2014 - 2017
  • Table 10 - Percentage of mobile connections by technology - 2018; 2025
  • Table 11 - Smart phone penetration - 2018; 2025
  • Table 12 - Mobile broadband subscriptions and penetration - 2015 - 2026
  • Table 13 - Internet users and penetration - 2008 - 2018
  • Table 14 - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2011 - 2026
  • Table 15 - Growth in the number of DSL broadband subscribers - 2014 - 2018
  • Table 16 - Growth in the number of fibre broadband premises - 2016 - 2020
  • Table 17 - Development of OPT-NC's revenue - 2012 - 2019
  • Table 18 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2011 - 2026
  • Table 19 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 - Development of OPT-NC's total and telecom revenue - 2012 - 2019
  • Chart 2 - Development of OPT-NC's fixed and mobile revenue - 2011 - 2019
  • Chart 3 - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2011 - 2026
  • Chart 4 - Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2015 - 2026
  • Chart 5 - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2026
  • Chart 6 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2011 - 2026

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 - OPT-NC at a glance
  • Exhibit 2 - Major submarine cables with landing points in New Caledonia- 2020
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