Bmobile-Vodafone has won an award for the best emerging large business at the recent Business Excellence Awards (BEA) night organised by the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) over the weekend.
In a statement this week the company said, this is a great endorsement for its parent companies investment into the business for 2015.
Because of the success, the company said, it will continue to invest in 2015 and beyond with plans to upgrade many of their provincial towers before the 15th of December.
The CEO Niall Downey is a strong believer in making constant changes and ensuring the business evolves in a sustainable manner and one of his favorites quotes is from one of the political giants of the 20th century Winston Churchill and feels this is very appropriate to doing business in the Pacific in 2015. “To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often.”
As part of Bmobile-Vodafone SI strive to improve services and expand in the country, a technical team were in Port Moresby last week working closely with their network provider Huawei to ensure changes are continual made to the network so they can deliver what their customers demand and meet their expectations month on month.
These plans will be rolled out for their customers in early 2016. This will include further improvements to their data service and more towers to be constructed in the key strategic areas, the statement said.
“The key is to provide a reliable service for the existing coverage area while adding new services on top of this network.”
Bmobile-Vodafone said, in SI have only one network provider Huawei and can find solutions easily.
“The team don’t have multiple providers and different equipment providers. In one meeting you can meet the full Huawei team who can provide instant solutions and upgrades.
“This avoids complexity and bringing consultants from overseas at high costs to try and ensure all the systems are compatible.
“It is like having a system that speaks eight different foreign languages, this is difficult to understand and leads to poor service delivery at times. A one language system reduces this complexity.
”These are busy times for the bmobile-Vodafone technical team who are working hard to deliver new services before their network freeze mid-December. This will include upgrades in both Malaita and Western province to ensure that people returning home for the Christmas period have a reliable network.”
The company said, two new towers are currently under construction in these provinces and both will be 3G+.
“The technical team are very excited about the projects with Huawei for early 2016 which will build on the blocks laid in 2015 as bmobile-Vodafone continue to upgrade their hardware and software systems.
“Their plans with Huawei are part of their three year program which started in 2014. Each year their network improves and as the blocks get higher.
“This continual program of network upgrades demonstrates to the Solomon’s Islands that investment will continue as telecommunications is a high Capex business that needs continual investment to ensure it changes and evolves in the right direction.”