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Basics Edit

The Solomon Islands are an island nation in the South Pacific located on an own archipelago west of New Guinea. It became independent from the UK in 1978.

The Solomon Islands have two mobile operators:

  • Our Telekom (Breeze)
  • Bmobile - Vodafone

Like many small island nations, the Solomon Islands rely heavily on satellite connections with long latency and slow networks at high prices. Currently Huawei is constructing a submarine cable link from the Solomons to Sydney, Australia. Scheduled to be finished in 2018, it will increase bandwidth and reduce latency. This still leaves the issue of connecting the outer islands which is again done by satellite, if at all. Therefore more intra-island fibre-optic cable links are planned.

Both networks are on 900 and 1800 MHz for GSM/2G up to EDGE and 850 MHz and 2100 MHz for 3G/UMTS up to HSPA. UMTS/HSPA is available only in larger population centers on the main islands and some distant islands aren't covered at all up to now. 4G/LTE has started in 2017 on Our Telecom in Hoinara.

Have in mind that most foreign phones set up for global roaming won't work in the Solomons because their local providers still don't have roaming agreements with many foreign operators. Exceptions are from Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Our Telekom (Breeze) Edit

Our Telekom

Our Telekom or Solomon Telekom Company Ltd. is the largest mobile operator on the islands. It's 100% locally owned, after Cable & Wireless divested their stakes in 2014. Their mobile product was also branded as Breeze before.

Network Edit

Their mobile network has reached most of the islands by now in all 9 provinces, but is available in different speeds:

  • 2G on 900 and 1800 MHz is available through the islands. Data up to EDGE are available in all provincial centres. Some remote rural areas still don't have any data (not even GPRS): coverage map
  • 3G on 2100 MHz is available in Honiara, Auki, Gizo, Munda and Noro up to 3.6 Mbps
  • 3G on 850 MHz is available in Honiara up to 14.4 Mbps download and 5.76 Mbps upload
  • 4G/LTE started in Nov. 2017 in Hoinara on 700 and 1800 MHz (B2 and B20).

Availability Edit

Their SIM card is sold at Our Telekom's shops for SBD 20 with the same credit on it. You can use any of their SIM cards for 4G/LTE. You'll need to activate the prepay Breeze SIM by dialing 121. 

Top-ups are sold by agents throughout the islands. Look for "MeTopUp" logo.

Data feature packages Edit

Default data rate is 0.99 SBD per MB. The following bundles are available:

Price Volume Validity
SBD 6 90 MB 1 day
SBD 15 225 MB 3 days
SBD 20 400 MB 4 days
SBD 50 765 MB 7 days
SBD 100 1.5 GB 14 days
SBD 220 3.6 GB 28 days
SBD 400 6.3 GB 28 days
SBD 850 13.5 GB 28 days
SBD 1250 20 GB 28 days

To activate a bundle dial *155# and follow the menu. To all bundles add taxes.

WiFi Hotspot passes Edit

Our Telekom runs some dozen public WiFi hotspots throughout the island. Locations and maps can be found here. For access these WiFi plans are sold:

  • SBD 6: 60 MB within 1 hour
  • SBD 20: 200 MB unlimited
  • SBD 35: 400 MB unlimited
  • SBD 50: 760 MB unlimited
  • SBD 100: 1 GB unlimited

To log on dial *155#, follow the prompts, select (3) for internet, (1) for hotspot access and choose plan. After purchase you will receive an SMS with password and username. As network select "Our Telecom Wifi" and connect with the given data.

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Bmobile - Vodafone Edit

Bmobile

Bmobile launched in the capital city Honiara in 2010 as second mobile network. Like in Papua New Guinea they've signed a strategic partnership agreement with Vodafone in 2014 to have both their names co-branded.

Network Edit

Their network uses 2G/GSM on 900 and 1800 MHz as well as 3G/UMTS 2100 MHz, no 4G/LTE yet. They currently operate in 4 provinces only, namely Guadalcanal, Malaita, Western Province and Central Province and expect to roll out their mobile network to additional provinces in the coming years. Their 3G has started only recently and is only available in the three urban areas of the Western Province.

As their coverage can't match that of Our Telekom and they offer only slightly lower rates, better make a coverage check before purchase.

Availability Edit

Their prepaid SIM card is sold at their shops and sales points.

Top-ups can be found at many outlets.

Data feature packages Edit

Data by default are at SBD 0.99 per MB. These data bundles are offered:

Price Volume Validity
SBD 5 60 MB 24 hours
SBD 15 200 MB 2 days
SBD 20 360 MB 3 days
SBD 50 750 MB 7 days
SBD 90 1.25 GB 14 days
SBD 220 3 GB 30 days
SBD 500 7 GB 30 days

To activate, dial *444#.

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