French Polynesia Communications - 2021


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Telephones - fixed lines

total subscriptions: 63,769

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 21.78 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 153

Telephones - mobile cellular

total subscriptions: 305,233

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 104.25 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 179

Telecommunication systems

general assessment:

French Polynesia has one of the most advanced telecom infrastructures in the Pacific islands; high penetration of mobile broadband coverage; almost half of mobile connections on 3G, growing subscribership to 4G LTE; universal mobile penetration; host of uplink systems for the Galileo satellite network, creating hub for communications in the region and vastly improving international connectivity; submarine cable connections increase international bandwidth; additional domestic submarine cable will connect remote islands (2021)


domestic: fixed-line subscriptions 22 per 100 persons and mobile-cellular density is roughly 104 per 100 persons (2019)

international: country code - 689; landing points for the NATITUA, Manatua, and Honotua submarine cables to other French Polynesian Islands, Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and US; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean) (2019)

note: the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on production and supply chains globally; since 2020, some aspects of the telecom sector have experienced downturn, particularly in mobile device production; many network operators delayed upgrades to infrastructure; progress towards 5G implementation was postponed or slowed in some countries; consumer spending on telecom services and devices was affected by large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes; the crucial nature of telecom services as a tool for work and school from home became evident, and received some support from governments

Broadcast media

French public overseas broadcaster Reseau Outre-Mer provides 2 TV channels and 1 radio station; 1 government-owned TV station; a small number of privately owned radio stations (2019)

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Internet users

total: 211,101

percent of population: 72.7% (July 2018 est.)

country comparison to the world: 174

Broadband - fixed subscriptions

total: 59,790

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 21 (2018 est.)

country comparison to the world: 134

NOTE: The information regarding French Polynesia on this page is re-published from the 2021 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of French Polynesia 2021 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about French Polynesia 2021 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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