FIJI TELECOM MULLS SUVA TECH PARK PROJECT

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Jan. 23, 2008) - Fiji’s Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Ltd says it has completed the feasibility study on the proposed technology park at Vatuwaqa [2 miles from Suva City] but is still considering options.

ATH acting chief executive Tomasi Vakatora says the study was completed towards the end of last year but they are now looking at options such as going into a partnership with some overseas companies.

"At this stage, we haven’t made a firm decision that we are not going to do it."

The proposal to build a technology park in Vatuwaqa outside Suva has been ongoing for several years now but nothing has eventuated.

Vakatora says the technology park gives opportunities for such services as call centers to be set up. And he says the deregulation of the telecom industry would actually give them some advantage.

The telecommunications industry was officially deregulated last week. Under the Settlement Deed, the telcos (Telecom Fiji, Fiji International Telecommunications Ltd and Vodafone (Fiji) were each given a license for a 15 year period.

"Hopefully businesses would be able to connect directly to the international gateway. There would be some price reductions that would help it along," he added.

"So it is still there, it has not been canned. We have finished the feasibility study and we are looking at whether there are interested parties from overseas who may wish to be our partner in this one."

Vakatora says it is a big project and they needed to mitigate their risks.

"There are a lot of risks as our consultant has identified. We need to mitigate those risks."

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