Digicel Fiji Limited has been awarded a licence to provide mobile services in competition with Vodafone Fiji, according to local press reports. The country’s Interim Commerce Minister, Tom Ricketts, announced Digicel’s successful bid yesterday, saying ‘Digicel met all the conditions of the bid and submitted their offer of USD10.25 million … In view of this, Digicel will therefore become the second licensed operator in Fiji and will be issued their licence once they have paid their licence [fee]’. Ricketts went on to say that the way was still open for a third licensee, and that the decision to license another player would be the responsibility of the Telecommunication Authority of Fiji (TAF) board. The interim minister confirmed that USD1.3 million has been set aside by the Department of Communications to set up TAF. Three other firms submitted unsuccessful bids: namely, Pacific Spectrum Holdings Limited, Telecom Pacific Limited and Unwired Fiji Limited.