New telecoms bill will allow network access

27 Sep 2006

According to the Minister for Commerce Adi Sivia Qoro, companies wishing to enter Fiji’s soon-to-be liberalised telecoms market will be able to gain access to the networks of the country’s incumbent operators under the proposed Commerce Amendment Bill. The minister outlined the new proposals for would-be public and private service providers while presenting the Bill to parliament last week. ‘A new internet service provider or a mobile service provider intending to compete for provision of internet services or mobile services will be required to enter into an interconnection agreement through negotiation with another ISP or mobile service to ensure continuous provision and connectivity of internet and mobile services,’ she said. Ms Sivia Qoro added that the new rules will require the network owner to offer access to new ISPs or mobile service providers, and that interconnection agreements would prevent the misuse of their dominant market position.

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