Market Developments

The mobile subscriber numbers are estimated to be 150,000 in 2012. Anecdotal indications are that the total count have declined slightly (possibly indicating reduced dual subscriptions TVL/Digicel) Mobile network coverage of Digicel is estimated at more than 90% of the population and TVL coverage around 70% but growing as TVL commissions the additional 8 base stations required under the universal access policy 2009. Present population coverage is estimated at around 92%. Internet access subscriptions are growing, anecdotal indications shows 23% in mid-2012, although subscription rates remain very low. Fixed lined subs are declining from year to year due to converged and other alternative means of communications within the two urban centres, rural and remote areas.

In June 2012 both operators Digicel and TVL have reached an Interconnection Agreement for wholesale interconnection between both parties. As a result there was a 25% decrease in interconnect costs between the two operators , whilst standard tariffs offered by both operators remain constant between 2011 and 2012. Both operators continue to offer discounted, promotional offer to the telecommunications end users of Vanuatu, and consumers are continuously being offered affordable services.

Telecommunications Revenue has declined by 7% comparing quarter ending September 2012 compared with quarter ending September 2011 in the traditional revenue line. Whilst there is now increase usage of Social Media current stats showing 8,660 as at December 2012 . The number of social media users picked at 9,220 at the eve of the Vanuatu General Election then declined back to 8,660 by December 2012. Social baker statistic indicates that Social networking statistics show that Facebook penetration in Vanuatu is 3.94% compared to the country's population and 45.48% in relation to number of Internet users.