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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
Published: September 29, 2021
BuddeComm
Content info: 77 Pages
Delivery time: 1-2 business days
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Coral Sea Cable System alleviates international bandwidth constraints

Telecommunication infrastructure in the Solomon Islands requires significant investment due to the geographical make-up of the islands. Although various international organisations such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank have taken a special interest in having communication services improved in both the Solomon Islands and the Pacific region in general, internet and broadband penetration remain low. The provision of broadband infrastructure, particularly to rural areas, is also hindered by land disputes.

Internet services have, however, improved with the build-out of the Coral Sea Cable System linking Papua New Guinea to the Solomon Islands, as also with a connecting cable to a landing station at Sydney. The Australian government provided most of the funding for the Coral Sea Cable System, with contributions and support from the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea governments.

The launch of the Kacific-1 satellite in late 2019 also improved broadband satellite capacity for the region, though for telcos in Solomon Islands satellite services are now largely used as backup for international traffic.

In recent years, the country has stabilised both politically and economically and this, along with improvements to mobile infrastructure, has led to a rise in mobile penetration and the slow uptake of broadband services. While the first LTE services were launched in late 2017 in the capital Honiara, the main platform for mobile voice and data services remains 3G, while in outlying areas GSM is still an important technology for the provision of services.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the pandemic continues to have a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector, to various degrees, is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Key developments:

  • Coral Sea Cable System alleviating international bandwidth constraints, focus shifts to improving last mile connectivity;
  • Solomon Islands Domestic Cable Network connects to Coral Sea Cable System;
  • Kacific-1 providing additional international bandwidth;
  • Possible amendment to the Telecommunications Act to address cyber-bullying, SIM card registration required;
  • Growth in mobile data consumption driven by high proportion of consumers under the age of 25;
  • Mobile market remaining dominated by prepaid subscribers;
  • Report update includes an assessment of the global impact of Covid-19 on the telecoms sector, regulator's market data report for 2020, recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

Our Telekom (Breeze); Bmobile-Vodafone; Kacific Broadband Satellite, O3b, Interchange Limited, Solomon Island Submarine Cable Company.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Key statistics

Country overview

Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market

  • Historical overview
  • Market analysis
  • National Development Strategy 2016 - 2035

Regulatory environment

  • Regulatory authority
    • Telecommunications Commission of Solomon Islands (TCSI)
  • Telecommunications Act 2009
  • Licensing fees
    • Telecommunications supplementary licence fee regulations 2017
  • Interconnection adjudication
  • Spectrum management
  • Broadcasting policy
  • Network sharing

Mobile market

  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 4G (LTE)
    • GSM, 3G
  • Mobile broadband
  • Major mobile operators
    • Breeze
    • Bmobile / Vodafone
  • Mobile content and applications
    • m-banking (payments/loans)

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Market analysis
    • Internet downloading

Fixed network operator

  • Our Telekom (Solomon Telekom)

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • Overview of the national telecom network
  • International infrastructure
    • Satellite networks
    • Submarine cable

Appendix - historic data

Glossary of abbreviations

Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities- Solomon Islands - 2021 (e)
  • Table 2 - Evolution of GDP and inflation in Solomon Islands - 2011 - 2022
  • Table 3 - Internet subscribers by technology - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 4 - Development of telecom sector revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 5 - Change in fixed and mobile voice traffic (million minutes) - 2019 - 2020
  • Table 6 - Growth in average fixed and mobile data traffic (MB/month) - 2014 - 2020
  • Table 7 - Growth in the number of mobile subscriptions and penetration - 2011 - 2026
  • Table 8 - Annual mobile sector ARPU - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 9 - Percentage of mobile connections by technology - 2018 - 2025
  • Table 10 - Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and user penetration - 2011 - 2026
  • Table 11 - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2011 - 2026
  • Table 12 - Change in the proportion of internet traffic by platform - 2014 - 2020
  • Table 13 - Increase in internet traffic by platform (TB) - 2014 - 2020
  • Table 14 - Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2011 - 2026
  • Table 15 - Solomon Islands - International bandwidth - 2011 - 2018
  • Table 16 - Historic - Solomon Islands - International bandwidth - 2004 - 2010

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 - Development of telecom sector revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 2 - Change in fixed and mobile voice traffic - 2019 - 2020
  • Chart 3 - Growth in average fixed and mobile data traffic (MB/month) - 2014 - 2020
  • Chart 4 - Growth in the number of mobile subscriptions and penetration - 2011 - 2026
  • Chart 5 - Annual mobile sector ARPU - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 6 - Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and user penetration - 2011 - 2026
  • Chart 7 - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2011 - 2026
  • Chart 8 - Change in the proportion of internet traffic by platform - 2014 - 2020
  • Chart 9 - Increase in internet traffic by platform (TB) - 2014 - 2020
  • Chart 10 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2011 - 2026
  • Chart 11 - Current mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration rates in countries to benefit from the Kacific-1 satellite
  • Chart 12 - Solomon Islands - International bandwidth - 2011 - 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 - Vodafone moved into the market in 2014
  • Exhibit 2 - Our Telekom at a glance
  • Exhibit 3 - Major submarine cables with landing points in Solomon Islands- 2020