The Fiji telcos now get the freedom of formulating their own mobile and fixed-line charges as the interim Government withdraws the price control order imposed in 2008.
According to the Interim Attorney General and Telecommunications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the termination of price control will enable a free market in the country. “This basically means the price control board will no longer be in place but the market itself will decide on the price that is to be set within the market,” Sayed-Khaiyum said.
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The government’s decision will ensure benefits for the subscribers in the liberalized telecom market.
He further said that the government will act as a regulator to an open market where the telecom charges have dropped substantially and the services have become better.
The Commerce Commission would be appointed to keep a check on the anti-competitive behaviour in the market. “If there is (any anti-competitive behaviour), they will be regulated or individual providers of telecommunication service will be pulled out,” Sayed-Khaiyum warned.
Vodafone Fiji has welcomed the government’s decisions over removal of price control. “Since the introduction of competition, prices of telecommunications products and services have continued to go down. There is no reason to interfere with pricing through a price control order,” said Aslam Khan, MD Vodafone Fiji.
Source: Wireless Federation.