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  • Country Report Solomon Islands PacNOG 2 Meeting Apia, Western Samoa 19th June 2006 By: Jerome Rivogani & Andrew Rarumae Jr.
  • SOLOMON ISLANDS…about
    • Consists of 6 major Islands, + thousands of smaller islands, more than half of
    • which is inhabited.
    • 9 Provinces, having their provincial govt. bodies, affiliated to the main governing
    • Body.
    • Capital of Solomon Islands is known as Honiara, situated on the island of
    • Guadalcanal
    • Population of around 600,000 (plus)
    • Majority Melanesian, with Polynesian, Micronesian, Chinese ethnic as the next in
    • terms of population.
  • SOLOMON TELEKOM CO. LTD.
    • Formerly known as P & T (Post & Telecommunications), then changed to SolTel
    • and then later (till present) known as Solomon Telekom Co. Ltd.
    • Share between Cable & Wireless (34.33% share), NPF (National Provident Fund)
    • (62.85%), ICSI (Investment Corporation of Solomon Islands) (2.82%).
    • Currently operating as a monopoly.
    • Operates fixed lines, mobile, internet, leased circuits, radio, broadband, ccTLD.
    • Penetration level – managed to provide Telephony between all of the major
    • Provincial capitals, and few other remote sites.
    • Solomon Telekom employs something around 250 Staffs, Ranging from managers,
    • engineers, technicians, personals, cleaners, security officers, drivers.
    • Solomon Telekom is the only ISP operator in the Solomon Islands.
    • Want to read more, go to http://www.telekom.com.sb
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  • SUBSCRIBERS’ COUNT
    • Fixed Lines: 6,000 (plus). Telephone is provided in all provincial centres.
    • Mobile: 2,000 (plus). GSM mobile is provided only in Honiara, with analogue
    • mobile phones in the western region.
    • E-mail Subscribers: 2,500 (plus).
    • Website Hosting: 23. These are sites hosted locally on our server.
    • Domain name hosting: 105. The count is only for domains registered locally.
    • Broadband (ADSL): 500 (plus). To date, this has only been implemented in the
    • capital city, Honiara, with plans to eventually have it on all provincial capitals.
    • Dial-Up: 1,600 (plus). The figure has decreased with introduction of ADSL
    • broadband connection.
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  • IS (INFORMATION SERVICES) DEPT.
    • Information Services Department is responsible for Internet services for both the
    • country as a whole as well as for the corporate (Telekom) users.
    • Within this department we have the Billing, Data, Network/Support, ADSL and
    • Internet section.
    • Within the Internet section, we have 2 senior engineers, 1 asst. engineer
    • & 2 technicians, all reporting to the overall manager & asst. manager for the whole
    • department.
    • Internet Helpdesk section looks after the provisioning of Internet services, including
    • Initial broadband (ADSL) provisioning, dial-up setup, email hosting, website hosting,
    • domain registration and other DNS issues.
  • ccTLD STRUCTURE
    • .sb country code top-level domain for the Solomon Islands.
    • Solomon Telekom Co. Ltd. is the authority (Regulator) for .sb ccTLD.
    • We have three main players in the running of .sb domain name.
    • Solomon Telekom Co. Ltd.: Regulator as well as registrar (for local subscribers)
    • AusRegistry International Pty. Ltd.: Registry
    • TPP Internet: Registrar (for overseas subscribers)
    • We sell .com.sb, .org.sb, .edu.sb, .gov.sb & .net.sb.
    • Solomon Telekom hosts two DNS servers, both located locally.
    • Both servers run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.
    • Both machines are HP.
  • ACCOUNTING PROCESS & COSTS Regulator (.sb Authority) Local Registrar Overseas Registrar Registry TPP Internet AusRegistry Solomon Telekom Co. Ltd. Registrant Subscribers ?? US$25 US$25 US$13 SBD$37.91 Registrants pays Registrars Registrars pays Registry Registry pays Regulator AusRegistry charges on quarterly (3 months) basis Solomon Telekom charges on monthly basis
  • POLICY & ISSUES
    • Operates on a first come first serve basis.
    • Disputes are resolved between Regulator (Telekom) & Customer. We haven’t
    • had any record of disputes with domain names, but feel we should opt for a better
    • resolution process setup before we come across any big issue.
    • Regulator (Telekom) has the right to reject a domain name application. .gov.sb is
    • highly moderated while others, we tend to process as applicable with little less
    • moderation.
    • Domain names are deleted from the Authorative server (with AusRegistry) as well
    • as our name servers on cut-off (bill due) dates. There hasn’t been any case where
    • two parties had a dispute over a domain name (locally) before or after it had
    • expired.
  • FUTURE PLANS
    • Replace both DNS servers
    • Both current servers run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 but have decided to
    • Go with FreeBSD on the two new ones.
    • Re-locate secondary server on a different location (different island). Talks have
    • been on having one in another country but haven’t been seriously considered yet.
    • Review current agreement we had with TPP Internet & AusRegistry.
    • Get all in the Internet Services section up to par with everyone’s primary tasks,
    • which includes ccTLD issues.
  • THANK YOU QUESTIONS?