28 Sep 2006

Fiji's Telecommunications market faces prospect of being de-regulated

10:49 am on 28 September 2006

A report from Fiji says new entrants to the soon-to-be deregulated telecommunications industry will be able to access infrastructure owned or operated by the current monopoly providers.

The Fiji Times says this has been revealed by the commerce minister, Adi Sivia Qoro, who says it will come into effect as soon as the Commerce Amendment Bill is passed.

Adi Sivia says a new Internet service provider or a new mobile phone provider intending to compete for the provision of those services will be required to enter into an interconnection agreement with another Internet or mobile service to ensure continuous provision of those services.

She says these interconnection agreements will prevent Internet and mobile infrastructure owners from imposing unbalanced terms and conditions and misuse market powers which contribute to high monopoly profits.