17 Jun 2008

Mobile phone rivals in PNG told to interconnect

7:05 am on 17 June 2008

Papua New Guinea consumers can expect the long-awaited interconnection of mobile phone rivals Digicel and Telikom by the end of this week.

The Post Courier newspaper reports the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission handed down this decision last Thursday after completing a vigorous three-month arbitration process between the two companies.

The commission says domestic interconnection should be finalised this week and international interconnection is expected to follow soon after.

In a statement the commissioner said that users of fixed phones and customers of B-mobile and Digicel can now call each other.

The state-owned company Telikom, and overseas mobile company Digicel asked the ICCC to arbitrate in late March after both companies were unable to resolve matters relating to interconnection.