Competition can wait: govt sets April 2010 as liberalisation date

23 Jul 2009

The government of the Solomon Islands has confirmed that it will not fully introduce competition in the telecoms industry until 1 April 2010. Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, John Keniapasia, said the government was planning to table a new telecommunications act in parliament in August. Once passed, a telecommunications commission will be set up to receive applications from would-be competitors. The first company to receive a licence will be Solomon Telekom, the current fixed line incumbent. Wireless group Digicel has said April 2010 is ‘not consistent with its expectation and that of the public’; it had been been pushing for an earlier liberalisation date.

Solomon Islands, Solomon Telekom (Our Telekom)