Vanuatu Communications - 2021


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Telephones - fixed lines

total subscriptions: 3,809

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 1.3 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 209

Telephones - mobile cellular

total subscriptions: 265,219

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 90.56 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 181

Telecommunication systems

general assessment:

liberalized telecom services; mobile phones are primary means of communication; LTE services and rural satellite broadband services; mobile phone use in some rural areas is constrained by electricity shortages; investment in fixed-broadband infrastructure and installation of fiber-optic cables supported sector growth; mobile broadband infrastructure expanded in 2020, resulting in reduced consumer prices; Kacific-1 broadband satellite has improved broadband capacity and access since 2019; importer of broadcasting equipment from China (2021)


domestic: fixed-line 1 per 100 and mobile-cellular 88 per 100 (2019)

international: country code - 678; landing points for the ICN1 & ICN2 submarine cables providing connectivity to the Solomon Islands and Fiji; cables helped end-users with Internet bandwidth; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean) (2020)

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

1 state-owned TV station; multi-channel pay TV is available; state-owned Radio Vanuatu operates 2 radio stations; 2 privately owned radio broadcasters; programming from multiple international broadcasters is available

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Internet users

total: 74,083

percent of population: 25.72% (July 2018 est.)

country comparison to the world: 184

Broadband - fixed subscriptions

total: 7,888

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 2.69 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 176

NOTE: The information regarding Vanuatu 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 Vanuatu 2021 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Vanuatu 2021 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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