19 Apr 2004

Samoa telco row heads to court

1:18 pm on 19 April 2004

Samoa's landline phone company and its cellular phone company are heading to court in an interconnection dispute which includes over two million US dollars worth of income.

The dispute surfaced when SamoaTel's general commercial manager, Tony Nagel, justified hiring a New Zealand law firm to represent them in the dispute.

Mr Nagel said law firms in Samoa lacked the experience required.

He said Telecom Samoa Cellular has hired another large New Zealand law firm to represent it.

Treasury staff in Samoa are said to have negotiated a deal when Telecom Samoa Cellular set up which severely disadvantaged the landline service.