Interim government removes telco price controls

17 Mar 2009

The interim government of Fiji has rescinded the Telecommunications Price Control Order (2008), leaving the country’s telecoms operators free to decide on the prices that will be set in the market. Interim Attorney General and Acting Minister for Industry, Trade and Communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum announced the decision in a press conference yesterday. Sayed-Khaiyum said the move was the result of the government’s initiative to liberalise the telecoms market which has led to a substantial drop in end-user prices and a marked increase in service quality. The interim minister added however, that the Commerce Commission would continue monitor developments in the industry to ensure competition and arbitrate in any disputes that may arise.