18 Dec 2008

Solomons' Our Telekom called hopeless in Parliament

7:34 pm on 18 December 2008

Solomon Islands MPs have made a scathing attack on the high cost of telecommunication services provided by the national telecommunications company Our Telekom.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports that MPs Francis Zama and Patterson Oti raised concerns about the services during question time in Parliament.

Mr Zama described services currently provided by Our Telekom as useless, hopeless and expensive.

He and Mr Oti questioned Parliament about the law under which a monopoly agreement had been signed with Our Telekom.

The Government says it's currently having goodwill negotiations with Our Telekom, with the view to terminating the monopoly licence without government having to incur huge costs.

But Mr Zama said if government is having legal complications in its attempts to break the current monopoly, it should look to the law of natural justice or consider World Trade Organisation arrangements to solve the matter.