April 22nd 2016 - Major Breakthrough for mobile users with new rates
Mobile call rates across networks reduced by up to 45% with new prices set by the Commerce Commission for Interconnection services and Off-Net retail prices
Friday April 22, 2016 – A major milestone was achieved for mobile users in Fiji today with new rates announced by two mobile brands which will bring call costs down by up to 45%. The Commerce Commission has determined that as of 22nd April all operators must comply with new regulations relating to how customers are charged for calling other networks.
Digicel Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Darren McLean applauded the Fiji Commerce Commissioners determination this week in taking a decision that is strongly positive for mobile customers in Fiji.
“For many years Vodafone and its reseller Inkk has actively penalized customers for calling and messaging friends and family on both Digicel and TFL. This was achieved by charging on a per minute basis to other networks, while charging per 30 second increments for calls within the network. Up until yesterday a 1 second call from Vodafone to Digicel was 42c which heavily penalizes people for having friends and family on other networks. It has also significantly stifled competition in this market.”
The new rates mean that Vodafone customers will be charged up to $0.18 less for a 30 second call made to another network. Previously a Vodafone customer paid $0.42 to call a Digicel number for a single second, now that call will cost $0.24 for a call between 1 to 30 seconds. An Inkk customer calling Digicel previously paid $0.47 for a 30 second call, now the same call will cost $0.26 for the 30 second call.
“Customers on Vodafone and Inkk are now charged far less for calls to fixed lines and Digicel numbers…up to 45% less” added Mr. McLean. “Digicel customers have already been benefiting from a single rate for all mobile calls for a very long time.”
Digicel Group Limited (Digicel) is a leading provider of communications services in 31 markets in the Caribbean and South Pacific regions, where the company provides a comprehensive range of Mobile Communications, Business Solutions, Cable TV & Broadband and other related products and services to retail, corporate (including small- and medium-sized enterprises) and government customers.
Digicel offers HSPA+ or long-term evolution (LTE) mobile technology (4G) in 30 markets and holds the number one mobile market position in 21 markets, with a mobile subscriber market share of more than 50% in 20 markets, as determined by internal company data.
Digicel launched mobile services in Jamaica, its first market, in 2001 and became the market leader there within 15 months of launch, based on a strategy that Digicel has since replicated successfully in several other markets. Digicel’s mobile subscriber base has grown from 0.4 million as of March 31, 2002 to 13.6 million subscribers as of March 31, 2015, representing a compound annual growth rate of 32.3%.
Digicel runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programs. Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams and individuals including the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, and Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel also sponsors the West Indies cricket team.
For more information, visit www.digicelgroup.com