More than 50 million people live without fast, affordable internet access in and around the Pacific.
More than 2 million tourists spend in excess of $1,000 to $4,000 per trip per person in the Pacific every year.
Limited amount of bandwidth supplied to end users
Despite the arrival of undersea cable on several islands, the situation country-wise has not really improved over the last decade. Access continues to be the main issue. The expensive maintenance of the cable, cable disruption and the cost of distributing its connectivity to most islanders, the famous “last mile” issue, remains a challenge. Broadband prices have continued keeping connectivity beyond the reach of many residents. In many places, undersea cable only provides affordable, quality bandwidth within a few kilometers of capital cities; residents living beyond this coverage are often able to access only expensive and slow packages.
The result is a limited amount of bandwidth supplied to end users. Local service providers are often given little choice but to overload thin pipes of connectivity with large numbers of users, leading to slow access. End-users are often unable to consume services or content that are increasingly geared towards highly connected countries. The bottom line is that few islanders can access bandwidth-hungry content and benefit from advances in online health, education, social, e-government and emergency communications services.