The simplest indicator of the general health of the telecommunications industry is by analysing the gross revenues of all the service providers in Vanuatu. The trend in revenues, over time, allows insight to see if telecommunications is growing, decreasing or staying constant. Many sectors in Vanuatu suffered significant drops in revenue due to the on-going effects of TC PAM and there were added pressures on household incomes as people bore the costs of repairing the damages to their property and livelihoods. From information gathered, the telecommunication industry managed, however, to withstand these added pressures on consumers spending to achieve record revenues in 2015.
It is clear from the graph below the substantial growth stimulated by the introduction of competition in telecommunications revenues from 2008 when the Government of Vanuatu liberalised the market for telecommunications. After several years of slow but steady growth from 2010 to 2013, as the market settled and new users continued to access a mobile network, there has been a clear growth in revenues in 2014 and 2015. Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) particularly attributes this increase in growth to the landing of the submarine cable in Vanuatu in 2014, and the resultant growth in internet usage; so bringing in new products and services and new revenue streams for telecommunications providers.