20 Nov 2008

Kiribati to give licence to Digicel within weeks

4:22 pm on 20 November 2008

The Kiribati government is just weeks away from granting a licence for Digicel to roll out its GSM mobile phone network in Kiribati.

The government has approved Digicel's proposal to invest just over 9.3 million US dollars into deploying the service to all urban and rural islands.

The agreement with Kiribati brings to six the number of countries in the Pacific in which Digicel will be operating.

The government's Telecommunications Authority Chief Executive Pwanouia Aberaan says the authority is in the process of finalising terms and conditions of the license.

"We know that once you've got good communication I think businesses are going to be very happy because it would be very easy for them to communicate with their customers, and not only that but everyone who want's communication to be very good."

Pwanouia Aberaan says the license is expected to be issued to Digicel within about three weeks.