1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Historical overview
4.2 Market analysis
4.3 Recent developments
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historic overview
5.2 Telecommunications Bill 2009
5.3 Broadcasting policy
5.4 Regulatory authority
5.4.1 Telecommunications Commission of Solomon Islands (TCSI)
6. Fixed network operator in Solomon Islands
6.1 Solomon Telekom Co Ltd (Our Telecom)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure (submarine, satellite)
7.2.1 Submarine cable
7.2.2 Satellite networks
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
9. Digital economy
10. Digital media
11. Mobile communications
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.3 Mobile broadband statistics
11.4 Regulatory issues
11.5 Mobile infrastructure
11.5.1 GSM, 3G, 4G, 5G
11.6 Major mobile operators
11.6.2 Bmobile / Vodafone
12. Mobile content and applications
12.1 m-banking (payments/loans)
13. Mobile handsets
14. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics – 2016
Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2016
Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2015
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2016
Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
Table 6 – Evolution of GDP and inflation in Solomon Islands – 2012 – 2016
Table 7 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2016
Table 8 – International bandwidth – 2004 – 2015
Table 9 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2004 – 2016
Table 10 – Mobile subscriptions and penetration rate – 2005 – 2016
Table 11 – Mobile broadband subscribers and user penetration rate – 2010 – 2015
Chart 1 – Mobile subscriptions versus mobile broadband subscriptions – 2010 – 2016
Exhibit 1 – Our Telekom at a glance 2016
Exhibit 2 – Major submarine cables with future landing points in Solomon Islands – 2016
Exhibit 3 – Vodafone moves into the market in 2014
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The Solomon Islands – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband – Statistics and Analyses report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.Please review the Executive Summary and Table of Contents for more details.
Mobile services growing rapidly in the Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands has demonstrated some impressive figures when it comes to mobile uptake. Despite having a population of only around 555,000 citizens; the number of mobile subscribers has grown very rapidly since the Solomon Islands stabilised politically and economically.
Due to the geographic difficulties in deploying fibre-optic cables in the Solomon Islands, the development of telecommunications technology has focused heavily on mobile and satellite networks.
The Solomon Islands offers a young demographic where 60% of the population is below the age of 25 and are keen to gain improved access to communication and digital services. Recent 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.
Satellite service providers, Kacific and 03b Networks are making great strides to increase satellite internet connectivity across the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Oceanic Cable Company (SOCC), in conjunction with other organisations, is also managing a project to deploy submarine cable to the 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 Solomon Islands is an interesting telecoms market to observe due to inhibitors such as the high-costs associated with backhaul and technology deployments, the unreliable electricity supply and potentially unstable political environment. However, the high mobile penetration but low mobile broadband uptake indicates potential for growth, especially as the various infrastructure improvements are completed.
Overall the improvements to communication services will assist to prevent the isolation currently experienced by citizens of the more remote and rural areas of the islands.
Key telecom parameters – 2013; 2016
Subscribers to telecoms services: (e)
Mobile broadband subscribers44,93572,600
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)
After thirteen years of peace-keeping in the Solomon Islands, in 2016 the Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI) is set to withdraw, prompting concerns that civil instability may rise again.
The growth in mobile subscribers has been at the expense of the fixed-line market which has continued to decline.
In 2016 Bmobile-Vodafone is performing network upgrades in Honiara in preparation for LTE.
Bmobile-Vodafone plans to enter the ISP market in 2016.
Satellite internet services have traditionally been too costly for citizens to access on a regular basis.Companies covered in this report include:
Our Telekom (Breeze); Bmobile-Vodafone; Kacific Broadband Satellite, O3b.
1. Executive summary