The chairman of Fiji’s Commerce Commission (CommComm), Mahendra Reddy, says that the imminent connection of another link to the Southern Cross international fibre-optic cable will result in ‘huge’ savings to consumers and business. In a radio interview Reddy said internet charges in Fiji are set to drop dramatically as a result of a dual-pronged strategy to cut prices. Firstly, CommComm is introducing new regulation to force the nation’s international telecoms provider, FINTEL, to reduce its wholesale prices, while secondly, FINTEL will also be required to give other providers of retail services access to the Southern Cross submarine cable landing station. The CommComm official said that connection to the cable would most likely result in a cut in wholesale and retail rates in the region of 30%-35%.
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