Tuvalu Communications - 2022


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Telephones - fixed lines

total subscriptions: 2,000 (2020 est.)

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 17 (2020 est.)

Telephones - mobile cellular

total subscriptions: 8,000 (2018)

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 70.36 (2019)

Telecommunication systems

general assessment: internal communications needs met; small global scale of over 11,000 people on 9 inhabited islands; mobile subscriber penetration about 40% and broadband about 10% penetration; govt. owned and sole provider of telecommunications services; 2G widespread; the launch in 2019 of the Kacific-1 satellite will improve the telecommunication sector for the Asia Pacific region (2020)

domestic: radiotelephone communications between islands; fixed-line teledensity over 17 per 100 and mobile-cellular over 76 per 100 (2020)

international: country code - 688; international calls can be made by satellite

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 a downturn, particularly in mobile device production; progress toward 5G implementation has resumed, as well as upgrades to infrastructure; consumer spending on telecom services has increased due to the surge in demand for capacity and bandwidth; the crucial nature of telecom services as a tool for work and school from home is still evident, and the spike in this area has seen growth opportunities for development of new tools and increased services

Broadcast media

no TV stations; many households use satellite dishes to watch foreign TV stations; 1 government-owned radio station, Radio Tuvalu, includes relays of programming from international broadcasters (2019)

Internet country code


Internet users

total: 5,711 (2019 est.)

percent of population: 49% (2019 est.)

Broadband - fixed subscriptions

total: 450 (2017 est.)

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 4 (2017 est.)

NOTE: The information regarding Tuvalu on this page is re-published from the 2022 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Tuvalu 2022 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Tuvalu 2022 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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