26 Apr 2005

Fiji's commerce commission brings down Telecom rates

4:24 pm on 26 April 2005

Fiji's new Commerce Commission has made a historic intervention to force down telecommunications charges for domestic and international calls, and Internet services.

Until now the monopoly companies running each segment of the telecommunications sector have been charging some of the highest rates in the world.

The Commerce Commission has ordered that long distance calls within Fiji will decrease by 70% while international calls will come down by an average of 55%.

But line rentals will go up.

Mobile phone charges have been cut by 50% and Internet charges by 25%.

The new charges will come into effect from June the 1st.

The Commerce Commission has also ordered a decrease in the charges imposed by Telecom Fiji and FINTEL for incoming calls from overseas making them cheaper for people calling from other countries.