25 Jul 2007

Telecommunications company Digicell obtains restraint to PNG order revoking licence

3:09 pm on 25 July 2007

Telecommunications company, Digicell, has taken out a court order to prevent authorities in Papua New Guinea from revoking its license to operate there.

This follows a move by the PNG Radio, Communications and Telecommunication Technical Authority or PANGTEL, to rescind Digicel's licence, calling it null and void.

The Post Courier says the authority has sent back Digicel's cheques for payment of the licenses and warned it to stop all operations or it could lead to the pulling down of the company's satellite towers.

The move came just four days after the company launched its retail services in Port Moresby, leaving consumers holding possibly useless phones..

The director-general of PANGTEL, Charles Punaha, says the authority rescinded the license after being directed to do so by the Public Enterprise, Information and Development minister, Arthur Somare.