bmobile-vodafone has selected SpeedCast International to deploy a cellular backhaul solution to upgrade its cellular backhaul network to support 3G data services in the Solomon Islands. Speedcast is a leading global satellite communications and network service provider.
SpeedCast’s solution will support the upgrade of the existing 2G services to a new mobile 3G network for the three main urban areas of the Western Province on the Solomon Islands, known for their fishing, factories, tourism and logging trades. This new network will double the current capacity to support 2G and 3G voice and data services for these industries and the local population. To further enhance the mobile data experience, SpeedCast is deploying this service through a high throughput, low latency O3b network, which has been used for all data services on the island since 2014.
This network upgrade comes as the demand for new 3G data services in the Solomon Islands increased significantly over the last year. SpeedCast said that the cellular backhaul solution will ensure bmobile-vodafone will be able to respond to these increasing data requirements, offering businesses and consumers of the Western Province an unprecedented user experience.
The operator said that its long term goal is to upgrade the whole network to IP this year and thereby make the network LTE-ready by the end of the year.