Telecommunications

November 2013

Can small islands sustain two telecoms?

Giff Johnson

As the Marshall Islands parliament considers the World Bank-drafted legislation to open the telecommunications sector to competition for the first time, the future of the Marshall Islands government-owned National Telecommunications Authority (NTA) hangs in the balance.

September 2013

Fiji’s ATH in FINTEL takeover

Dionisia Tabureguci

Fiji’s publicly listed telecommunication group ATH (Amalgamated Telecom Holdings) landed itself a better deal in last month’s takeover of the country’s partly government-owned international carrier FINTEL (Fiji International Telecommunications Ltd.).

Connecting the Pacific region with the world

Xianbin Yao*

A new era in communications and service delivery arrived in Tonga last month when high speed broadband access was delivered to Tongan households via the click of a mouse by the King of Tonga, Tupou VI. King Tupou, in the presence of Tongan Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano, commissioned the new ...

Fiji spectrum auction

Dionisia Tabureguci
Thu 13 Jun 2013 -

Twenty One lots of spectrum space are up for grabs for companies wishing to use or sublet portions of Fiji’s spectrum space for the provision of 4th generation (4G) mobile telephone services.

Vodafone gains foothold into Solomons, PNG

Lisa Williams-Lahari
Tue 16 Apr 2013 -

Honiara, Solomon Islands—Global UK-based telecommunications giant Vodafone will inch closer to its market ambitions in the motherlode of the Pacific mobile and data market with a historic deal set to take place in Port Moresby today.

Tuvalu TV subscribers to pay more

Robert Matau
Mon 15 Apr 2013 -

Pay television subscribers in Tuvalu will have to pay almost five times more to continue receiving prime television programmes after Sky Pacific decided to shift its transmission satellite.

April 2013

Mobile Texting

Professor Wadan Narsey

Most English teachers (secondary or tertiary) think that mobile texting is leading to a serious deterioration in the standards of English of their students. Some teachers are banning the use of texting language in students' written work.

Marshalls’ telecom chief questions bank’s strategy

Giff Johnson

The World Bank announced in mid-March the launch of a multi-million dollar strategy to “reform the telecommunications sector and boost access to mobile phones and internet” in the Marshall Islands. The Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority (NTA), which currently enjoys a monopoly in this area, says it supports reform, but ...

July 2011

Getting more reliable connections

Internet links between Niue and the outside world will now be more reliable—thanks to a new satellite dish installed on the island.

Internet access a human right?

The Los Angeles Times

Internet access is a human right, according to a United Nations report released last month.

June 2012

SPC-ICT: Pacific MPs champion use of ICT for development

Almost all communities in the Pacific region are touched in some way by information and communication technology (ICT)— whether ‘old ICT’ such as radio, telephone and television or ‘new ICT’ such as Internet and mobile phones.

July 2012

Need to innovate, telcos warned

Nick Wood

Industry body says telcos need to engage with OTT players to identify opportunities to add value, generate revenue from content.

February 2013

Mobile, social media key to developing Pacific

Dionisia Tabureguci

Using mobile telephones to leapfrog development initiatives through innovation has long been done in most developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia. Now, it is somewhat slowly taking root in the Pacific.

January 2013

ATH to fully own FINTEL

Dionisia Tabureguci

Finally official in Fiji is the proposed sale by the Fiji government of its shares in FINTEL (Fiji International Telecommunications Ltd) to Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH).

Leap-frogging into the future

“…the most significant achievement of the meet was undoubtedly the updating of Article 5 of the International Telecommunication Regulations, which will play a tangible role in saving lives and assisting in the readiness and recovery process once disasters strike”

3Cs in PTC ‘13

Dionisia Tabureguci

Capacity, Capability and Collaboration will prominently feature in this month’s Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Vanuatu’s domain name under discussion

Dionisia Tabureguci

Vanuatu has started public discussions on the fate of its country code Top Level Domain name (ccTLD) as its telecom regulator bids to take control over this national resource.

Marshalls gears for removal of monopoly status

Giff Johnson

The issue of privatizing government services—or allowing competition—in the Marshall Islands has been debated on-and-off for two decades with little result.

April 2012

Mobilising the masses

Andrew Pascoe

The cards seem firmly stacked against optimism on the streets of Papua New Guinea at the moment.

PITA looks at connectivity, access and prices

Robert Matau

AN analysis on trends in connectivity, access and latest price review will be available to members of the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA) this month.

March 2012

Cable & Wireless exits Fiji after over 100 years

Dionisia Tabureguci

Fiji’s ATH is about to swamp Fiji’s telecommunications market with its presence, if Fiji’s financial and industry regulators approve an agreement it announced last month to buy a substantial stake in FINTEL.

September 2012

The Cyber Spectre

Dionisia Tabureguci

If new Information Communication Technology (ICT) is best understood by Pacific Islanders as texting on mobile telephones, updating Facebook, checking e-mails, hashtagging on Twitter, uploading videos on YouTube or downloading music from the Internet, then, as the saying goes: ‘you ain’t seen nothin’ yet’.