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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) website states that "Palau is an island nation of the Micronesian group of islands in the northern Pacific with a population of roughly 20,000. Palau receives substantial assistance from the United States through the Compact of Free Association. Palau's economy is highly reliant on tourism and services, with tourism accounting for more than 20% of gross domestic product (GDP) and services representing 77%.

The ICT sector is widely recognized as an enabler of economic growth, social stability and development. Analysis has demonstrated that increased access to ICT, particularly broadband internet services, helps to deliver improved social services such as health and education, as well as banking among others. It brings efficiency and reduces the cost of such services and in turn enables an environment conducive to private sector investments.

At present, Palau relies entirely on geo-stationary satellite links for internet connectivity. The high cost and limited international bandwidth restricts internet penetration. Moreover, the technical limitations of capacity and the delay associated with such satellite based connectivity severely limit the quality of the service. As an interim solution Palau and FSM telecom providers have separately contracted for a five-year 150 megabit (MB) per second service from a medium earth orbit satellite broadband service starting end-2014. Once the submarine cable system is operational the satellite system will complement the more reliable cable system providing back-up in case of an interruption." The current estimated date for the physical completion of the submarine cable landing station in Palau is 30 September 2018.

The ETC is focussed on preparedness activities in Pacific Island countries under its Pacific Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) project, lead by WFP. The Pacific ETC intends to conduct an emergency ICT assessment in Palau through close consultation with national stakeholders.

Country Profile: 
  • Country code: .pw
  • PNCC and Palau Telecoms both offer internet services in Palau:
    • PNCC offers DSL high speed internet, dial-up (PalauNet), and prepaid WiFi hotspot internet services.
    • Palau Telecoms offer high speed wireless internet, dial-up, and WiFi hotspot services (in selected areas of Koror).

Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) are jointly undertaking a project to establish broadband internet connectivity to Palau and Yap State, FSM. This will be achieved by connecting ​Palau via a spur to the Southeast Asia–United States (SEA–US) submarine cable that joins the international cable hub in Guam. Currently, Palau relies entirely on geo-stationary satellite links for internet connectivity into the country. 

The cable will land in Palau at Meyuns Hamlet in Koror, at an existing government-owned landing site used by PNCC. The Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC) is a newly established cable company in Palau. BSCC will act as the wholesale supplier of internet in Palau whereupon local telecom providers will be responsible for providing a retail internet service using their own infrastructure.

The current estimated date for the physical completion of the submarine cable connection in Palau is 30 September 2018.


Suva, Fiji
04 December 2018 - 10:00 am GMT to 07 December 2018 - 6:00 pm GMT