Fiji poised to open international calls market

8 Jul 2009

From 17 July, the wholesale international telecommunications market in Fiji is slated to be opened up to competition, ending the monopoly of 51% government-owned Fiji International Telecommunications Limited (FINTEL). According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, in November 2007 Fiji’s interim government passed the Telecommunications Act No. 79, paving the way for the full deregulation of the country’s telecoms sector, and effectively ending the exclusive privileges granted to fixed line operators Telecom Fiji, FINTEL and then country’s then monopoly mobile operator Vodafone Fiji. The new Act replaces the Posts and Telecommunications Decree 1989, seen by many as outdated, and is supplemented by the Telecommunications Policy (approved in February 2006), which is an update to the 1998 Telecommunications Policy, and the Telecommunications Bill No. 15 (2006).