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Give Digicel a Chance

August 2 2007 at 9:16 AM
Had enoungh 

Why politicians has to run the country as their family company. Government should take control of its unimproved telekom and let the other phone companies to provide a better service to the people. Its the people money not the politicians money. Give the people the opportunity to choose which mobile company they want to spend their money on. Politicians, you voted to provide that service and you just can't downplay your politics on service providers such as Digicel. They might be better providers then Telekom.
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Somare now attacking Digicel

August 2 2007, 9:31 AM 

Chief pushes illegal line

PRIME Minister Sir Michael Somare says new mobile phone company, Digicel (PNG), is operating outside of PNG government policies.
The leader, who earlier reportedly welcomed Digicel into the country, said in Kerevat yesterday the company was operating without a proper (spectrum) licence.
Sir Michael said the Government wanted competition in the market place, but a foreign owned company such as Digicel Pacific must adhere to the Government’s policies and follow processes to get a proper licence for operating in the country. Sir Michael and NA coalition members were invited guests at Telikom PNG’s B Mobile launch at Kerevat outside Kokopo yesterday.
“We believe in competition. We didn’t say no to competition but when foreign owned companies come into the market, they must follow our Government’s policies,’’ he said.
Sir Michael said Telikom PNG was a state entity and as the head of state, he would defend and protect Telikom.
He said Telikom had problems but was improving its services and it contributed a lot to the treasury and the money stayed in the country. Last night, Digicel legal counsel David Dillon said the recent change in policy (by State Enterprises Minister Arthur Somare) could not affect the validity of the licences issued earlier by PANGTEL.
“No court has ruled otherwise,’’ he said.
“Telikom will benefit too from such competition and no monopolist has suffered as a result of competition. Users on both networks will benefit from competition in the marketplace in terms of providing higher quality services at affordable prices.’’
Mr Dillon said Digicel was awarded licences by PANGTEL and the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission on the basis of the Government’s policy at the time.
“So these licences were lawfully issued. Sir Michael Somare was the main politician who pushed this policy through and he should be praised for bringing choice and competition to the grassroots.’’
The Caribbean-based mobile company were banking on the Prime Minister to keep them in operation after Minister Arthur Somare instructed PANGTEL to revoke Digicel’s spectrum licence.
Sir Michael said Digicel’s licence had been wrongfully issued as it was against the Government’s policy.
He said competition was good for the people and despite the company (Digicel) providing a service and paying tax to the Government, it must abide by the Government’s policies.
Meanwhile, Digicel began opening sales offices in Kokopo without any fuss or ceremonies.

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Watch out Digicel

Digicel, Keep out of Poltical Path for your own good, Keep your money away from Polies...

August 2 2007, 9:40 AM 

Digicel, if you flash your money to Politicians, which ever way you are finished. You will loose your integrity.

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