Solomon Islands plan to award 3rd mobile license

The Solomon Islands has confirmed that it is planning to offer the country’s third mobile license, just a few months after the country’s second network; B-Mobile launched its services.

Communications Commissioner, Nick Williams, made the announcement in Honiara, noting that the license will include an option to offer 3G services.

According to Williams, he hopes to award the license by March next year and to see the operator begin its service within 6 months. The incumbent operator had blocked the launch of the country’s second mobile network, B-Mobile for nearly ten months after its license was originally granted.

When the second license was tendered in 2009, Digicel applied for a license, but was rejected. Digicel had actually been granted a license in 2006, but Solomon Telekom successfully sued to block the network launch pending a review of its monopoly status.