Solomon Islands - Telecoms Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics
Mobile operators see opportunities for growth
BuddeComm's report Solomon Islands - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications market of Solomon Islands, including industry and operator data updates and estimates to 2015.
The Solomon Islands is a small Pacific island country covering 1,000 small islands with nine larger ones. The populace with under 600,000 inhabitants is mainly Melanesian, while GNI per capita is among the lowest in the region, while economic growth projections to 2015 are encouraging.
Solomon Island's fixed-line teledensity is among the lowest in the South Pacific islands and has receded as mobile subscriptions have increased. Mobile phone penetration, however is above the regional average while mobile broadband penetration rates have increased, yet remain lower than the lowest of an OECD member country.
Our Telekom's operates in the fixed-line, internet and in the TV broadcasting sector and is also a partner in the Solomons Oceanic Cable Company. The SOCC aims to have a submarine cable connected to the major populated islands by 2014-2015. Until the under-sea connectivity to the global markets is achieved, the low penetration rates and prohibitive telecommunication costs will continue to stymie ICT driven economic gains that will be obtainable with faster connectivity.
In the mobile sector, the second operator, Bemobile aims to increases its market share as it has partnered with global mobile operator Vodafone. The partly privatised incumbent's mobile division Our Telekom will now try to remain the major operator in the country.
Key telecom parameters 2014 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 1%
Mobile SIM (population) | 58%
Vodafone moves into the mobile market.
Submarine connectivity gets closer to reality.
Parliamentary elections due to be held in 2014.
3G UMTS services commenced by Bemobile.
Mobile banking allows the unbanked to transact financially.
This report provides an overview of trends and developments in the Solomon Islands telecommunications market.
Subjects covered include:
Market and industry overviews;
Facts, figures, and statistics;
Telecommunications policies and regulatory issues;
Major players (fixed, mobile, and broadband);
Fixed-line market and infrastructure;