12 Apr 2005

Telecom charges are likely to come down in Fiji

10:18 am on 12 April 2005

Moves are afoot in Fiji to bring down the cost of all landline, mobile and overseas telephone calls.

But the trade-off for these will be higher rental charges for phone lines.

The chairman of the Commerce Commission, Thomas Raju, says details of the reductions are likely in the next few weeks.

One of the three monopoly companies whose charges will be reduced is likely to mount a legal challenge but Mr Raju doesn't expect any delays.

There has been strong pressure to reduce telecommunications charges in Fiji in line with reductions elsewhere in the world.

The calls have been supported by the new minister for information and communications, Dr Ahmed Ali.