bmobile-vodafone Solomon Islands has enlisted Hong Kong-based SpeedCast International to upgrade its cellular backhaul network to support 3G data services in the Solomon Islands. SpeedCast’s solution will support the upgrade of the cellco’s existing 2G services to a new 3G network for the three main urban areas of the Western Province, known for their fishing, factories, tourism and logging trades. SpeedCast notes that it is deploying the service through a high-throughput, low-latency O3b network, which has been used for all data services on the island since 2014. Niall Downey, CEO of bmobile-vodafone Solomon Islands, commented: ‘Our long term goal is to upgrade the whole network to IP in 2016 and thereby make the network LTE-ready by the end of the year.’
bmobile-vodafone launched in capital city Honiara in August 2010, and currently operates in four provinces across the country, namely Guadalcanal, Malaita, Western Province and Central Province. The cellco expects to roll out its mobile network to additional provinces in the coming years.