Telecommunications in Tuvalu

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This article is about the ways people in Tuvalu can communicate with one another. Tuvalu is made up of 6 atolls and 3 [reef] islands. Each island in Tuvalu relies on a satellite dish for communication and internet access.

The Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TCC), a state-owned enterprise, provides fixed line telephone communications to subscribers on each island, mobile phone services on Funafuti, Vaitupu and Nukulaelae. TCC 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 broadcast stations: AM 1, FM 0, shortwave 0 (2011) - Tuvalu Media Cooperation (TMC) broadcasted on both AM and FM. In 2011 the Japanese government provided financial support to construct a new AM broadcast studio.[2] The new AM radio transmitter on Funafuti replaced TMC’s FM radio service to the outer islands and freed up satellite bandwidth for mobile services.[1]

Radios: 4,000 (1997)

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

Televisions: unknown number.

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): TCC is the ISP.

The available bandwidth is 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]

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


  1. ^ a b c Andrew McIntyre, Brian Bell, and Solofa Uota (February 2012). "“Fakafoou – To Make New”: Tuvalu Infrastructure Strategy and Investment Plan". Government of Tuvalu. 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. The Initial Implementation. International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning, Vol. 2, No. 3,. 

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