10 cents levy for 1GB data

Fiji Sun - - Parliament News -

For ev­ery one gi­ga­byte of data, Fi­jian con­sumers will soon be pay­ing a 10 cent levy.

This levy was en­tailed un­der the Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions (Amend­ment) Bill 2019, which was passed in Par­lia­ment yesterday. At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said a few years ago Fiji set up a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment trust fund in which a small levy was charged on all in­com­ing in­ter­na­tional calls to Fiji.

As a re­sult, funds were raised that had been sub­se­quently in­vested in the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion sec­tor over­all.

He added that the rev­enue that was gen­er­ated from that ini­tially av­er­aged from $6 mil­lion to $7 mil­lion per year. How­ever, this had re­duced.

This is be­cause peo­ple were mov­ing to so­cial net­work­ing ap­pli­ca­tions that en­abled free calls us­ing data, like Viber, Skype, and Mes­sen­ger.

He added: “In or­der for us to con­tinue to in­vest in the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion sec­tor in par­tic­u­lar for those sec­tors of the pop­u­la­tion where we have a very low pop­u­la­tion den­sity, we need to be able to have funds for that.”

Also passed yesterday were the Civil Avi­a­tion Re­form Amend­ment Bill 2019 and the Mar­itime Trans­port (Amend­ment) Bill 2019.

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