24 May 2005

Fiji retailers urge Commerce Commission to resign over rising telecoms charges

10:09 am on 24 May 2005

The Fiji Retailers Association has called for the resignation of the Commerce Commission after revelations that business telecommunications charges are to rise many times over from June 1st.

Last month the Commerce Commission had announced that most telecommunications charges would drop.

The Fiji Times quotes an official of the Retailers Association, Sudhir Dewa, as saying the Commission had duped the public of Fiji and its members should resign as they do not understand what they are doing.

But the managing director of Telecom Fiji, Joe Mar, has praised the Commerce Commission, saying its members are "very, very smart business people."

Mr Mar said the 750 per cent increase in line rental charges would be what some companies spend on business lunches.

But Mr Sudhir says Mr Mar must have a lavish lifestyle if lunches cost him US$360 a pop but retailers are not that flush thanks to monopolies like Telecom Fiji.