Telecommunications is not strongly regulated in the Solomon’s. The regulator is Telecommunications Commission of Solomon Islands (TCSI).
Our Telekom is the primary telecoms operator, owned by SINPF, BMobile beat Digicel in tendering to be the second operator in the duopoly since 2010 and has been operating as a secondary mobile carrier.
Independent ISPs exist – SatSOL and Hantek are the two operators who sell Internet bandwidth.
The RSIPF has their own radio network that is managed by themselves with aid from the AFP, and the NDMO recently had a CODAN HF system installed as part of a donor project from the World Bank.
For more information on telecoms contacts, please see the following link: 4.9 Solomon Islands Additional Service Provision Contact List
Is there an existing landline telephone network?
Does it allow international calls?
Number and Length of Downtime Periods (on average)
Generally very reliable
Mobile Phone Providers
Our Telekom, BMobile
Approximate Percentage of National Coverage
40% by land mass-90% by population
Telecommunications regulations in the Solomon Islands controlled by TCSI but very loosely enforced. Unlicensed radios are frequently in use but no action is taken by the authority to keep the spectrum well managed
Regulations on Usage and Import
Regulations in Place?
UHF/VHF/HF Radio: Handheld, Base and Mobile
Individual Network Operator Licenses Required
Frequency Licenses Required
Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems
Satellite phones and cell phones are the only means of communication used by UN agencies in the Solomon Islands now.
Locations of Repeaters
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
Internet is available but is extremely slow as the country is still not connected to the Pacific fibre network. This should happen later in 2017 but the connection is politicised and is likely to be a second-rate service. Currently the internet is via satellite – including the O3B network. Our Telekom offers broadband and Wireless data, SatSOL and Hantek offer mobile Wi-Fi AP and dedicated CPE connections.
Internet Service Providers
Are there ISPs available?
If yes, are they privately or government owned?
Approximate Rates (local currency and USD - $)
$50 per month
$100 per month
Max Leasable ‘Dedicated’ Bandwidth
Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)
The networks are more reliable these days but still would experience around six hours of outages in a week.
Coverage is good but the cost is high on both operators
For information on MNOs please visit the GSM Association website.
Number of Agent Outlets by Area
Network Strength by Area
Contracted for Humanitarian or Government Cash Transfer
(i.e. Merchant Payment,
Receive & Make Payment)
Many in Honiara
Good in Honiara and major cities
No (for all)
A few in Honiara
Some in Honiara and outer villages
Our Telekom coverage as at November 2016 shown below