Local newspaper FijiVillage claims that the country’s Minister for Communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, is close to finalising a new licensing arrangement between domestic mobile operator Digicel Fiji and pay-TV provider Sky Pacific. The permanent secretary for communications and IT, Ewan Perrin, says that the matter needs to be ratified and authorised by the minister, adding that this should happen ‘soon’.
TeleGeography notes that in September 2015 Digicel Group’s Fijian arm completed the acquisition of Sky Pacific, a division of Fiji Television, for FJD5.75 million (USD2.66 million), but said it was still awaiting the final Special Licence required to complete the takeover. The matter has rumbled on, however, leaving the status of Digicel Fiji’s subscription-based TV service ‘in limbo’. Following the September deal, Digicel submitted an application for an operating licence with the Ministry of Communications, as per the rules set down in the Media Industry Development Decree. Digicel Fiji CEO Darren McLean is quoted as saying that his company has agreed to all licence conditions set down by the government and hopes that the completion of its takeover of Sky Pacific will be announced very soon.