NFP MP Wrong: Walesi

Fiji Sun - - FRONT PAGE - Edited by Naisa Koroi

Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Lenora Qereqereta­bua is wrong when she claims that a Walesi set-up box costs $149, says Walesi chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer San­jay Ma­haraj.

The max­i­mum re­tail price of a Walesi Set Top Box costs $99. Mr Ma­haraj set the record straight yes­ter­day by clar­i­fy­ing what Ms Qereqer­atabua has been say­ing in Par­lia­ment and to me­dia.

“It is of grave con­cern when a

Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment is ly­ing to the me­dia. Ms Qereqereta­bua is ly­ing when she talks about the cost of Walesi and our con­nec­tiv­ity. In fact, when Ms Qereqereta­bua spoke about the same is­sue in Par­lia­ment, she was clearly told by mem­bers on the other side of the floor that she was in­cor­rect.

“De­spite be­ing cor­rected in Par­lia­ment, Ms Qereqereta­bua went on to lie fur­ther in me­dia. There have been nu­mer­ous state­ments made in Par­lia­ment by the Attorney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, while he has pre­sented pre­vi­ous bud­gets and talked fur­ther on the dis­counted and sub­sidised rates of the set-up boxes.

“To pro­vide greater ac­ces­si­bil­ity to all Fi­jians, the Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion launched the Walesi

Set Top Box Sub­sidy scheme in 2016. The scheme sub­sides a free Walesi Set Top Box to any house­hold, which has a joint in­come un­der $30,000.”

As of to­day, 109,761 Fi­jians have been given the set-up boxes free of any cost through the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment’s scheme and they now have ac­cess to Walesi ser­vices through their Free Walesi Set Top Box.

In to­tal, 134,797 Walesi Set Top Boxes have been is­sued to Fi­jians across the coun­try.

Re­quest for re­sponse emailed and texted to Ms Qereqereta­bua re­mained unan­swered when this edi­tion went to press.

Mr Ma­haraj added: “The Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment also fails to men­tion

the other medi­ums to ac­cess Walesi Ser­vices. Walesi ser­vices can also be ac­cessed through the Walesi Mo­bile De­vice App and the Walesi Satel­lite Ser­vice.

Walesi has 450,499 down­loads of their app and this gives their users full ac­ces­si­bil­ity to all chan­nels in­clud­ing the ed­u­ca­tion chan­nel. Walesi has 711 Satel­lite in­stal­la­tions across the coun­try with the ma­jor­ity of these in­stal­la­tions in mar­itime ar­eas where pre­vi­ously no tele­vi­sion trans­mis­sion was avail­able.

Their ser­vices can also be ac­cessed through their Cus­tomer Care Cen­tres in Suva, Si­ga­toka, Lau­toka, Ba, Raki­raki, Labasa and Savusavu.

“Walesi strongly re­futes the er­ro­neous claims made by the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment re­gard­ing Walesi ser­vice ac­ces­si­bil­ity, the cost of Set Top Boxes and op­tions to ac­quire Walesi Set Top Boxes. For all cor­rect and ver­i­fied in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing all Walesi ser­vices, please visit our web­site fj. Walesi has a toll-free Cus­tomer

Care line 1525 which pro­vides cus­tomer and tech­ni­cal sup­port.” Mr Ma­haraj said Ms Qereqereta­bua should have just made a call to them to get the facts be­fore mis­lead­ing Par­lia­ment and the Fi­jian pub­lic.


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