13 Dec 2002

Marshall Islands internet users want more reliable service

10:10 am on 13 December 2002

Some internet users in the Marshall Islands have renewed calls for the country to set up its own internet service provider.

This comes after the country was without internet service for four days because super-typhoon Pongsona disrupted the links with Guam where the Marshalls provider is based.

But the general manager of the National Telecommunications Authority, Alan Fowler, says the customer base of about 600 internet subscribers is too small to justify the cost of setting up an ISP in Majuro.

Mr Fowler says about one thousand users are needed to support such an investment.

ITE Guam has been Marshall Islands' provider since it went on-line in 1996.