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Solomon Islands Planning Third Mobile License

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The Solomon Islands is planning to tender for a third mobile operator license, the Solomon Island's National Telecommunications Commissioner Nick Williams announced at a speech last week. Mr Williams said this is part of major reforms that took place last year in which the government reached an agreement for Solomon Telekom to give up its exclusive license.

The incumbent operator had blocked the launch of the country's second mobile network, bemobile 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 rebuffed. 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.

Mr Williams added that from 1st April 2011 there will be full liberalisation of the telecoms market.

On the web: Solomon Star

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