Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation

Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TTC) is a state-owned enterprise of Tuvalu, which provides fixed-line telephone communications to subscribers on each of the islands of Tuvalu. Each island in Tuvalu relies on TTC for the use of a satellite dish for inter-island telephone communication and internet access. TTC also provides mobile phone services on Funafuti, Vaitupu and Nukulaelae. TTC is the sole provider of Telecommunications in Tuvalu. TTC is established by the Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation Act 1993.

Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation
Agency overview
JurisdictionTuvalu
HeadquartersFunafuti
Employees47 (2009)
Agency executive
  • Simeti Lopati, General Manager[1]
Parent agencyMinister for Communications and Transport
Offices of the Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation

Satellite broadband servicesEdit

TTC currently operates satellite internet services with less than 20 Mbit/s of capacity. In June 2014, TTC signed a five-year agreement with Kacific Broadband Satellites for the supply of high speed bandwidth to the islands of Tuvalu.[1] The service will be provided by the Kacific-1 satellite - Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) - that was due to be launched in late 2016 or early 2017. Kacific would provide TTC with increasing levels of capacity over the 5-year period, starting with 80Mbit/s and up to 150 Mbit/s after four years. TTC can take extra capacity - up to 225 Mbit/s.[1]

Satellite pay television servicesEdit

TTC is a distributor of Fiji Television service (Sky Pacific satellite television service).[2]

Tuvalu Telecommunications and ICT Development ProjectEdit

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 TTC to redevelop the government-run entity as a public-private partnership (PPP) in cooperation with an experienced international telecommunications operator, which will be selected using a competitive process.[3][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Tuvalu Telecommunications signs broadband deal with Kacific". Voxy.com.nz. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  2. ^ 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 14 October 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Affordable, Faster Connectivity for Tuvalu". Press Release: World Bank. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  4. ^ "World Bank promises better internet for Tuvalu". Radio NZ. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2019.

  This article incorporates public domain material from the CIA World Factbook website https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html.