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Solomon Islands - Telecoms Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics

  • July 2014
  • -
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
  • -
  • 21 pages

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.

Background
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.

Broadband market
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.

Mobile market
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%
Fixed broadband
Mobile SIM (population) | 58%
(Source: BuddeComm)
Market highlights:
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;
Broadband market;
Mobile market;
Broadcasting players.

Stephen McNamara
July 2014

Table Of Contents

Solomon Islands - Telecoms Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Solomon Islands' telecom market
4.2 Telecommunications growth aided by new connections
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Background
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 National telecom network
7.2 Fixed-line statistics
7.3 International submarine cable networks
7.3.1 Interchange
7.3.2 Solomon Oceanic Cable Company (SOCC)
7.4 Satellite networks
7.5 Infrastructure developments
7.5.1 SIG Connect Network
8. Internet and broadband market
8.1 Overview
8.2 Internet and broadband statistics
9. Digital media / broadcasting
9.1 FTA and Pay TV
9.2 Satsol Pay TV
9.3 Radio
9.4 Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC)
9.5 Social Media
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Overview of Solomon Islands's mobile market
10.2 Regulatory environment
10.3 Mobile subscriber statistics
10.4 Mobile technologies and mobile data services
10.4.1 Overview
10.4.2 Mobile banking
10.5 Major mobile operators
10.5.1 Breeze
10.5.2 Bemobile / Vodafone
10.6 Mobile voice services
10.6.1 Satellite mobile
11. Related reports

Tables and Charts
Table 1 Country statistics Solomon Islands 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Internet statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Mobile penetration in Oceania by selected country 2003; 2008; 2013
Table 8 Evolution of GDP and inflation in Solomon Islands 2003 - 2014
Table 9 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2015
Table 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity (historic) 1999 - 2004
Table 11 International bandwidth 2004 - 2015
Table 12 Internet users and user penetration rate (historic) 2000 - 2005
Table 13 Internet users and user penetration rate 2006 - 2015
Table 14 Broadband subscribers and penetration 2004 - 2015
Table 15 Wireless broadband subscribers and user penetration rate 2010 - 2015
Table 16 Facebook users overview - 2010 - 2013
Table 17 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 18 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate (historic) 1999 - 2004
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2015
Chart 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2015
Exhibit 1 Map of Solomon Islands
Exhibit 2 Our Telekom at a glance
Exhibit 3 Major submarine cables with future landing points in Solomon Islands 2014
Exhibit 4 Vodafone moves into the market

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