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Solomon Islands - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Solomon Islands - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Internet penetration is low in the Solomon Islands

While mobile penetration is considered to be quite high in the Solomon Islands; internet penetration remains very low. Some rural and remote areas still lack access to mobile networks and in areas where it is available - the cost can be prohibitive. Many rural mobile base stations in the Solomon Islands also only support voice services; further inhibiting growth of mobile broadband services.

Satellite internet services have traditionally been too costly for citizens to access on a regular basis and ADSL is only available in limited locations. There are also geographic difficulties in deploying fibre-optic cables in the Solomon Islands. Remote islands are separated by large distances of open ocean, and almost all rural villages have no reliable power - if power is available at all. Around 85% of Solomon Islanders live in tiny functioning rural communities scattered across 100 populated islands.

The Solomon Islands is also vulnerable to the seasonal natural disasters including cyclones and earthquakes. Despite these significant challenges, the Solomon Islands government has acknowledged it is time to prioritise improving the telecoms sector and has outlined plans in its current National Development Strategy to do so.

Key telecom parameters 2014; 2017
Sector | 2014 | 2017
Subscribers to telecoms services: (e)
Mobile broadband subscribers | 74,457 | 79,976
Fixed-line telephony | 7,525 | 7,298
Mobile phone | 376,000 | 497,000
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)

Key developments:

In 2017 internet penetration remains low despite the reasonably high penetration of mobile phones.
There are two proposed submarine cables in the pipeline for the Solomon Islands.
Bmobile-vodafone has been improving its backhaul cellular network in order to offer 3G data services in parts of the Solomon Islands.
Mobile banking allows the unbanked to transact financially and services are available to mobile broadband users in the Solomon Islands.
The government of the Solomon Islands has acknowledged that improving the ICT sector needs to be a priority and has address this in its current National Development Strategy.

Companies covered in this report include:

Our Telekom (Breeze); Bmobile-Vodafone; Kacific Broadband Satellite, O3b.

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
9.1 Introduction
9.2 e-Banking
9.3 e-Government
9.4 e-Education
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
11.5.2 LTE
11.6 Major mobile operators
11.6.1 Breeze
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 2017
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2017
Table 3 Broadband statistics 2016
Table 4 Mobile statistics 2017
Table 5 National telecommunications authorities
Table 6 Evolution of GDP and inflation in Solomon Islands 2012 - 2017
Table 7 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2017
Table 8 International bandwidth 2004 - 2015
Table 9 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2004 - 2016
Table 10 Mobile subscriptions and penetration rate 2005 - 2017
Table 11 Mobile broadband subscribers and user penetration rate 2010 - 2017
Chart 1 - Mobile subscriptions versus mobile broadband subscriptions - 2011 - 2017
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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