Telecommunications in Tuvalu

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Telecommunications in Tuvalu cover Tuvalu's 6 atolls and 3 reef islands. The islands of Tuvalu rely on satellite dishes for communication and internet access.

The Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TTC), a state-owned enterprise, provides fixed line telephone communications to subscribers on each island and mobile phone services on Funafuti, Vaitupu and Nukulaelae. TTC is a distributor of Fiji Television service (Sky Pacific satellite television service).[1]


Telephones - main lines in use: 900 (2005)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 1300 (2005)

Telephone system:
domestic: radiotelephone communications between islands
international: country code - 688; international calls can be made by satellite

Radio and television[edit]

Radio broadcast stations: AM 1, FM 0, shortwave 0 (2011) - The Tuvalu Media Department of the Government of Tuvalu operates Radio Tuvalu, which broadcasts on the AM frequency. In 2011 the Japanese government provided financial support to construct a new AM broadcast studio.[2] The new AM radio transmitter on Funafuti replaced the FM radio service to the outer islands and freed up satellite bandwidth for mobile services.[1]

Radios: 4,000 (1997)

Television broadcast stations: TTC is a distributor of Fiji Television service (Sky Pacific satellite television service).[1]

Televisions: unknown number.


Internet Service Providers (ISPs): is the sole provider of Internet access in Tuvalu. The ISP is operated by the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Department of the Government of Tuvalu.

In 2012 the available bandwidth was only 512 kbit/s uplink, and 1.5 Mbit/s downlink. Throughout Tuvalu are more than 900 subscribers who want to use the satellite service, with demand slowing down the speed of the entire system.[3] TTC currently operates satellite internet services with less than 20 Mbit/s of capacity.[4] In June 2014 TTC signed a five-year agreement with Kacific Broadband Satellites for the supply of provide high speed bandwidth to the islands of Tuvalu.[4]

From 2017 the service was provided by the Kacific-1 satellite - Ka band High-throughput satellite (HTS) provided by Kacific Broadband Satellites which provided TTC with increased levels of capacity over the period.[4] In July 2020, the Government of Tuvalu signed a five-year agreement with Kacific for 400Mbps to 600Mbps of satellite capacity. the agreement provides a comprehensive turnkey service including sixty 1.2 metre VSAT terminals (satellite dishes) for schools, medical clinics, government agencies and small businesses, forty outdoor WiFi access points to support community connectivity with WiFi hotspots, three maritime antennae to connect ferry services, and one Ka-band antennae to provide trunking and backhaul services for the mobile phone network.[5]

In January 2019 the World Bank approved a US$29 million grant for the Tuvalu Telecommunications and ICT Development Project which is intended to boost internet connectivity in Tuvalu, including to the country's outer islands. The project will also support investments in an international optical fiber submarine cable to provide faster, lower-cost internet bandwidth. The project will include reforms of the Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TCC) to redevelop the government-run entity as a public-private partnership (PPP) in cooperation with an experienced international telecommunications operator, which will selected using a competitive process.[6][7]

Country code (Top level domain): TV (see .tv)


  1. ^ a b c Andrew McIntyre; Brian Bell & Solofa Uota (February 2012). ""Fakafoou – To Make New": Tuvalu Infrastructure Strategy and Investment Plan" (PDF). Government of Tuvalu. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  2. ^ Endou, Shuuichi (30 December 2011). "New AM Radio Station in Funafuti". Tuvalu-News.TV. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  3. ^ Atufenua Maui, Tony Kwato'o, Ronald Vetter, Yoshifumi Chisaki, and Tsuyoshi Usagawa (June 2012). Preliminary Use of an E-learning Pilot System for Secondary Educational Institutions in Tuvalu: The Initial Implementation (PDF). The Initial Implementation. International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning, Vol. 2, No. 3.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ a b c "Tuvalu Telecommunications signs broadband deal with Kacific". 9 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Tuvalu Government signs agreement with Kacific for wide-ranging suite of connectivity services". Press Release: Kacific Broadband Satellites Group. 22 July 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Affordable, Faster Connectivity for Tuvalu". Press Release: World Bank. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  7. ^ "World Bank promises better internet for Tuvalu". Radio NZ. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2019.

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