8 Jun 2006

Caribbean mobile company to enter Fiji market

11:24 am on 8 June 2006

A mobile phone company from the Caribbean which has applied to set up services in Fiji says it already has approval to operate, in principle.

The Digicel Group's website says it made the application in alliance with the indigenous Fijian Ba Provincial Holding Company.

It says on April the 27th the Fiji government gave approval in principle to the granting of a licence to provide mobile telephone services in the country.

Digicel says it looks forward to introducing for the first time competition in the Fiji mobile phone market with quality services increased coverage and high value offerings by driving charges down.

The chairman of Ba Provincial holding Company Isimeli Bose, is quoted as saying that they look forward to their alliance with Digicel with a shared vision of providing world class telecommunications in Fiji.

But the current monopoly mobile phone service provider, Vodaphone Fiji, has filed court action to stop the government from issuing a licence to any other company.