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KIDANET moves to fixed line

By RACHNA LAL A major change will come about for KIDANET customers between October and November. In a letter to customers, KIDANET management said they will be moving to a
04 Oct 2012 08:30

By RACHNA LAL

A major change will come about for KIDANET customers between October and November.
In a letter to customers, KIDANET management said they will be moving to a fixed line instead of the wireless link that customers currently have.
KIDANET is managed by Fiji International Telecommunication Limited (FINTEL), which is subsidiary of the Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH).
The move seems to be line with the ATH group’s bid to consolidate and restructure its subsidiary companies to lead them towards increased profitability.
The letter said KIDANET will be using Telecom Fiji Limited’s (also a subsidiary of ATH) Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) ‘fixed line’ to provide connection.
However, the management said the ‘core network’ that allocates customers capacity will still be connected to KIDANET.
“In fact everything will be the same except that we will remove the rooftop customer premise equipment (CPE) and provide an indoor CPE that will connect to your phone line,” the letter said.
“Connections to your computers will not change. The only change is the modem.
This means that those who connect directly to the modem will still maintain that. Those who connect to their laptops through wireless means, using a router, will also maintain that wireless link.
The KIDANET management said they were hopeful that the effect would be for the better as that was the very reason they were making this decision.
“There are certain advantages of going via ADSL and since you will still be connected to the KIDANET core, that will be an experience to explore,” they said.
This follows the announcement earlier this week of the disestablishment of at least 12 roles in KIDANET as the company’s operations folded back into that of FINTEL’s.
The ATH group earlier this year bought 100 per cent control of FINTEL.
The ATH board has given strict directives to the management of its subsidiaries that they have to address their own efficiencies.
ATH acting general manager, Ivan Fong had confirmed the restructure going on at FINTEL and its importance for the ATH Group.
He said: “We have high level of expectations from our subsidiary companies and it is up to the management and board to address its own efficiencies.”
Mr Fong stressed the ATH board expected all its companies to be as efficient as possible.




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