14 Oct 2004

Telecom Fiji withdraws controversial tariff plan

8:07 am on 14 October 2004

Telecom Fiji has withdrawn its controversial three-tier tariff plan which proposed increases in some line rentals of more than 1,000 per cent.

In what was described as a re-balancing of tariffs, international charges were to be lowered for those opting for the higher rentals.

The proposals caused a public outcry as the Commerce Commission called for submissions from consumers.

Telecom Fiji's chairman, Lionel Yee, has told the Fiji Times that the proposed tariffs are being withdrawn but will be resubmitted to the Commerce Commission in a new format.

Mr Yee says the new proposals will have lower line rental charges than the more than 1,000 per cent proposed in the highest tier.

Among organisations which protested against Telecom's tariff plan were 43 affiliates of the National Council of Women, the Fiji Retailers Association, various chambers of commerce, the Nursing Association, the Consumer Council and numerous individuals.