Internet services to improve for the Solomon IslandsThe Solomon Islands relies upon 3G mobile and satellite services as it primary means of both communication and Internet access. In recent years, the country has stabilised both politically and economically-and this, along with improvements to mobile infrastructure-has led to a sharp rise in mobile penetration.
Recent 3G mobile network expansions and upgrades by the two major operators, Our Telekom (operating as Breeze) and Bmobile-Vodafone, are improving mobile services and in turn driving uptake, including an increase in mobile broadband subscriptions. While the first 4G LTE services were launched in late 2017 in the capital Honiara; it is still 3G, and in many cases 2G, which is the main source of mobile telephony.
Improvements to Internet services are expected with the 2018 build-out of a new submarine cable known as the Coral Sea Cable System which will link PNG to the Solomon Islands, with a connecting cable to the Australian (Sydney) landing station. It will provide increased Internet capacity and reliability as well reduce Internet costs for consumers'. The Solomon Islands will also benefit from a domestic cable which will be extended to key major islands.
Various international organisations such as The World Bank and Asian Development Bank have taken a special interest in seeing communication services improved in both the Solomon Islands and Pacific region in general. The Australian government is assisting by providing the majority of funding for the new submarine cable system, with contributions and support also coming from both governments from the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
Internet penetration has only reached around 20% and the majority of citizens are accessing the internet via 3G mobile services.
The first 4G LTE network was launched in November 2017 by Our Telekom.
Bmobile-Vodafone has been improving its backhaul cellular network in order to offer 3G data services in more parts of the Solomon Islands.
The first interconnection adjudication was required by the Telecommunications Commission of the Solomon Islands in 2017.
The government of the Solomon Islands has acknowledged that improving the ICT sector needs to be a priority and has addressed this in its current National Development Strategy.Companies covered in this report include:Our Telekom (Breeze); Bmobile-Vodafone; Kacific Broadband Satellite, O3b, Solomon Island Submarine Cable Company.
1. Executive Summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Historical overview
4.2 Market analysis
4.3 National Development Strategy 2016-2035
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historic overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.2.1 Telecommunications Commission of Solomon Islands (TCSI)
5.3 Telecommunications Bill 2009
5.4 Licensing fees
5.4.1 Telecommunications supplementary licence fee regulations 2017
5.5 Interconnection adjudication
5.6 Spectrum management
5.7 Broadcasting policy
5.8 Network sharing
6. Fixed network operator in Solomon Islands
6.1 Solomon Telekom Co Ltd (Our Telekom)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure (submarine, satellite)
7.2.1 Satellite networks
7.2.2 Submarine cable
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Market analysis
8.1.1 Internet downloading
9. Digital economy/digita media
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Market analysis
10.1.1 Historical overview
10.1.2 Current market
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.3 Mobile broadband statistics
10.4 Mobile infrastructure
10.4.1 GSM, 3G
10.4.2 4G LTE
10.5 Major mobile operators
10.5.2 Bmobile / Vodafone
11. Mobile content and applications
11.1 m-Banking (payments/loans)
12. Mobile handsets
13. Related reports
Exhibit 1-Our Telekom at a glance
Exhibit 2-Vodafone moved into the market in 2014
Chart 1-Mobile subscriptions versus mobile broadband subscriptions-2011-2018
Table 1-Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities- Solomon Islands-2018 (e)
Table 2-Evolution of GDP and inflation in Solomon Islands-2012-2019
Table 3-Internet subscribers by technology (actual)-2016; 2017
Table 4-telecommunications sector revenue-2016; 2017
Table 5-Fixed lines in service and teledensity-2005-2018
Table 6-International bandwidth-2004-2017
Table 7-Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration-2004-2018
Table 8-mobile subscriptions and penetration rate-2005-2018
Table 9-annual mobile sector ARPU-2016; 2017
Table 10-Mobile broadband subscribers and user penetration rate-2010-2018
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