Monday July 3, 2023

The Mobile Economy Pacific Islands 2023

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4G is still growing across the Pacific Islands and will continue to have an important role over the rest of this decade and beyond. As a result of greater network coverage, 4G adoption has increased to account for just under 50% of total connections and is forecast to reach 61% by 2030.

In the 5G era, mobile connectivity will play an even greater role in society, reflecting the potential for the technology to enable a range of new use cases and applications for citizens, enterprises and the public sector. In this context, governments and policymakers across the region should prepare for the 5G opportunity, using a whole-of-government approach. In practice, this means:

– Adopting flexible regulatory and policy frameworks: flexible, light-touch regulation and a balanced approach to fees and taxes

– Implementing policy actions to close the digital divide: investing in digital skills training, forming policies to lower handset costs, and reducing spectrum fees

– Ensuring safe and secure connectivity: safety and security by design, and international/ regional cooperation to combat cyberbullying, misinformation/disinformation and cybersecurity threats

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