Mobile services growing rapidly in the Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands has demonstrated some impressive figures when it comes to mobile uptake, according to new research.

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, according to Research & Markets.

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.

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