Micronesia, Federated States of
3.4 Micronesia Telecommunications

FSM Telecommunications (FSMTC) is the main provider of telecom services throughout the FSM with approximately 80% national coverage. It is a public corporation. It operates under a government mandate to provide uniform services throughout FSM. 

There have been 3 new entrants to the market in the past 3 years Iboom (Yap) and Kacific (FSM) both providing broadband satellite internet only and CPOC (Chuuk) which is government run and aims to provide mobile and internet once it is fully operational. Kacific is a wholesale business selling to telecommunications operators, internet service providers, governments and other service providers.  

SIM cards can be purchased from FSMTC outlets in the main centres of each of the main Islands and prepay cards are available at most shops and hotels throughout the FSM. Network provides 4G 

For more information on telecoms contacts, please see the following link: 4.11 Micronesia Additional Services Contact List


Telephone Services

Is there an existing landline telephone network?


Main Islands Only 

Does it allow international calls?


Number and Length of Downtime Periods (on average)


Mobile Phone Providers


Approximate Percentage of National Coverage


Telecommunication Regulation

Administration of the Rules and regulations regarding telecommunications is the responsibility of the Telecommunications Regulations Authority (TRA). The regulations in place now regarding reference to the importation and licensing of humanitarian communications equipment: VSAT, HF, VHF, Thurayas, etc is that “as long as the equipment is FCC approved, there should not be any issue in importing such equipment” (TRA Legal & Regulatory Officer). 

Regulations on Usage and Import

Regulations in Place?

Regulating Authority



Telecommunications Regulations Authority (TRA). 

HF Radio


Telecommunications Regulations Authority (TRA). 

UHF/VHF/HF Radio: Handheld, Base and Mobile


Telecommunications Regulations Authority (TRA). 

UHF/VHF Repeaters


Telecommunications Regulations Authority (TRA). 



Telecommunications Regulations Authority (TRA). 



Telecommunications Regulations Authority (TRA). 

Individual Network Operator Licenses Required

 Individual Operating licenses are issued to operators that are offering both communication services and that own communication networks/infrastructure in the FSM. 

Another type of operating license issued is referred to as a Class License. This type of license is issued to operators that are only offering communication services through other licensees as reseller in the FSM and do not own any networks.  

Frequency Licenses Required

 The only frequency license the TRA issues is for Mobile Spectrum. Other frequencies/spectrum such as maritime, radio broadcasting etc are still being handled by the Department of TC&I (Ministry of Communications). 

Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems

UNDP have a further planned project with DECEM where they are installing VHF and HF radios for DECEM, DCOs and municipalities in Pohnpei, Chuuk and Yap. Current coverage is Pohnpei central area.  

Existing UN Telecommunication Systems



VHF Frequencies

Tx :156.025–157.425 MHz 
Rx: 156.050–163.275 MHz 

VHF and HF radios in Pohnpei, Chuuk and Yap, the coverage is state centres and to some outer islands. 


HF Frequencies

Receive: 0.5–29.9999MHz, 
Transmit: 1.6–29.9999MHz 

Locations of Repeaters


Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

All 4 main Islands are connected to the undersea fibre optic cable and FSMTC provides mobile Internet through its 4G network. Connectivity and reliability are good and business packages are readily available. 

Internet Service Providers

Are there ISPs available?


If yes, are they privately or government owned?

Yes Private

Dial-up only?


Approximate Rates (local currency and USD - $)





Max Leasable ‘Dedicated’ Bandwidth


Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)

FSM Telecommunications, the only National provider has the following (approximate) coverages.   

Main Islands 80% 

Outer Islands 20% 

They are targeting 100% within 5 years 

For information on MNOs please visit the GSM Association website 


Number of Agent Outlets by Area

Network Strength by Area

Contracted for Humanitarian or Government
Cash Transfer

Services Offered
(i.e. Merchant Payment,
Bulk Disbursement,
Receive & Make Payment)

FSM Telecommunications

Branches in each State capital and recharge cards available in shops and hotels throughout FSM 

Very strong in urban areas main islands. Weaker in rural areas and outer islands  



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