11 Dec 2012

Samoa MP says mobile phone companies misled public

6:43 pm on 11 December 2012

A member of the Samoa opposition wants the government to take action against the country's major mobile phone companies, which were found to be falsely advertising services.

BlueSky Ltd and Digicel Ltd officially launched media campaigns in Samoa in December last year and March this year respectively, promoting fourth generation networks.

The Office of the Regulator found that while there was an advancement on the services they had previously provided, they didn't meet 4G standards as set by the International Telecommunications Union.

They've been ordered to remove any advertising labelling their services as 4G, but MP Levaopolo Talatonu says that doesn't go far enough.

"It is the government's responsibility to take legal action because we have the law here, the Trading Law, misleading labelling advertising, and that is precisely what these two companies have done already."

Levaopolo Talatonu says the attorney general could initiate legal action.