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  1. 1. Country Report Solomon Islands PacNOG 2 Meeting Apia, Western Samoa 19th June 2006 By: Jerome Rivogani & Andrew Rarumae Jr.
  2. 2. SOLOMON ISLANDS…about <ul><li>Consists of 6 major Islands, + thousands of smaller islands, more than half of </li></ul><ul><li>which is inhabited. </li></ul><ul><li>9 Provinces, having their provincial govt. bodies, affiliated to the main governing </li></ul><ul><li>Body. </li></ul><ul><li>Capital of Solomon Islands is known as Honiara, situated on the island of </li></ul><ul><li>Guadalcanal </li></ul><ul><li>Population of around 600,000 (plus) </li></ul><ul><li>Majority Melanesian, with Polynesian, Micronesian, Chinese ethnic as the next in </li></ul><ul><li>terms of population. </li></ul>
  3. 3. SOLOMON TELEKOM CO. LTD. <ul><li>Formerly known as P & T (Post & Telecommunications), then changed to SolTel </li></ul><ul><li>and then later (till present) known as Solomon Telekom Co. Ltd. </li></ul><ul><li>Share between Cable & Wireless (34.33% share), NPF (National Provident Fund) </li></ul><ul><li>(62.85%), ICSI (Investment Corporation of Solomon Islands) (2.82%). </li></ul><ul><li>Currently operating as a monopoly. </li></ul><ul><li>Operates fixed lines, mobile, internet, leased circuits, radio, broadband, ccTLD. </li></ul><ul><li>Penetration level – managed to provide Telephony between all of the major </li></ul><ul><li>Provincial capitals, and few other remote sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Solomon Telekom employs something around 250 Staffs, Ranging from managers, </li></ul><ul><li>engineers, technicians, personals, cleaners, security officers, drivers. </li></ul><ul><li>Solomon Telekom is the only ISP operator in the Solomon Islands. </li></ul><ul><li>Want to read more, go to </li></ul>
  4. 4. SUBSCRIBERS’ COUNT <ul><li>Fixed Lines: 6,000 (plus). Telephone is provided in all provincial centres. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile: 2,000 (plus). GSM mobile is provided only in Honiara, with analogue </li></ul><ul><li>mobile phones in the western region. </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail Subscribers: 2,500 (plus). </li></ul><ul><li>Website Hosting: 23. These are sites hosted locally on our server. </li></ul><ul><li>Domain name hosting: 105. The count is only for domains registered locally. </li></ul><ul><li>Broadband (ADSL): 500 (plus). To date, this has only been implemented in the </li></ul><ul><li>capital city, Honiara, with plans to eventually have it on all provincial capitals. </li></ul><ul><li>Dial-Up: 1,600 (plus). The figure has decreased with introduction of ADSL </li></ul><ul><li>broadband connection. </li></ul>
  5. 5. IS (INFORMATION SERVICES) DEPT. <ul><li>Information Services Department is responsible for Internet services for both the </li></ul><ul><li>country as a whole as well as for the corporate (Telekom) users. </li></ul><ul><li>Within this department we have the Billing, Data, Network/Support, ADSL and </li></ul><ul><li>Internet section. </li></ul><ul><li>Within the Internet section, we have 2 senior engineers, 1 asst. engineer </li></ul><ul><li>& 2 technicians, all reporting to the overall manager & asst. manager for the whole </li></ul><ul><li>department. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Helpdesk section looks after the provisioning of Internet services, including </li></ul><ul><li>Initial broadband (ADSL) provisioning, dial-up setup, email hosting, website hosting, </li></ul><ul><li>domain registration and other DNS issues. </li></ul>
  6. 6. ccTLD STRUCTURE <ul><li>.sb country code top-level domain for the Solomon Islands. </li></ul><ul><li>Solomon Telekom Co. Ltd. is the authority (Regulator) for .sb ccTLD. </li></ul><ul><li>We have three main players in the running of .sb domain name. </li></ul><ul><li>Solomon Telekom Co. Ltd.: Regulator as well as registrar (for local subscribers) </li></ul><ul><li>AusRegistry International Pty. Ltd.: Registry </li></ul><ul><li>TPP Internet: Registrar (for overseas subscribers) </li></ul><ul><li>We sell,,, & </li></ul><ul><li>Solomon Telekom hosts two DNS servers, both located locally. </li></ul><ul><li>Both servers run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3. </li></ul><ul><li>Both machines are HP. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. POLICY & ISSUES <ul><li>Operates on a first come first serve basis. </li></ul><ul><li>Disputes are resolved between Regulator (Telekom) & Customer. We haven’t </li></ul><ul><li>had any record of disputes with domain names, but feel we should opt for a better </li></ul><ul><li>resolution process setup before we come across any big issue. </li></ul><ul><li>Regulator (Telekom) has the right to reject a domain name application. is </li></ul><ul><li>highly moderated while others, we tend to process as applicable with little less </li></ul><ul><li>moderation. </li></ul><ul><li>Domain names are deleted from the Authorative server (with AusRegistry) as well </li></ul><ul><li>as our name servers on cut-off (bill due) dates. There hasn’t been any case where </li></ul><ul><li>two parties had a dispute over a domain name (locally) before or after it had </li></ul><ul><li>expired. </li></ul>
  9. 9. FUTURE PLANS <ul><li>Replace both DNS servers </li></ul><ul><li>Both current servers run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 but have decided to </li></ul><ul><li>Go with FreeBSD on the two new ones. </li></ul><ul><li>Re-locate secondary server on a different location (different island). Talks have </li></ul><ul><li>been on having one in another country but haven’t been seriously considered yet. </li></ul><ul><li>Review current agreement we had with TPP Internet & AusRegistry. </li></ul><ul><li>Get all in the Internet Services section up to par with everyone’s primary tasks, </li></ul><ul><li>which includes ccTLD issues. </li></ul>