11 Jan 2012

Charging Skype users mooted in French Polynesia

5:40 pm on 11 January 2012

There has been criticism in French Polynesia over a suggestion that the territory's telecommunications provider OPT charge for the use of the Skype internet phone programme.

The idea was mooted by the head of the OPT board Moana Tatarata in the local press as a way of securing funds to pay for its network.

Observers say such a levy would be hard to collect and prompt users to switch to other programmes.

In comments to local media, users say they are already paying for the use of the internet.

The OPT suffered huge losses last decade as a result of massive misspending a former employees, one of whom has been jailed for five years.