10 cents levy for 1GB data
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.