Telecommunications in Tuvalu

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Telecommunications in Tuvalu are complex, as 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) broadcast 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): 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.

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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