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bemobile brings Fijian firm 300 towers contract

By MAIKA BOLATIKI Reporting from Port Moresby A Fijian company, Network Services Limited, has been offered a US$30 million contract by bemobile Limited. This revelation was made by Fiji’s High
20 Apr 2013 10:50

The Prime Minister Commordore Voreqe Bainimarama (left) with Permanent Secretary for Industry and Trade, Shaheen Ali (right). Photo: MINISTRY OF INFORMATION

By MAIKA BOLATIKI
Reporting from Port Moresby

A Fijian company, Network Services Limited, has been offered a US$30 million contract by bemobile Limited.
This revelation was made by Fiji’s High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Romanu Tikotikoca  to the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during his state visit to Papua New Guinea this week.
Mr Tikotikoca said a total of 25 Fijian companies are operating in PNG and one of them is Network Servicers Limited.
According to Mr Tikotikoca, Network Services Limited had been contracted to build 300 towers for bemobile.

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Also he said Vodafone would construct another 200 towers and would bring its own workforce from Fiji.
Speaking to the Fiji Sun at the Gateway Hotel Port Moresby the managing director of Network Services Limited, Iliavi Tokalau, confirmed the contract.
“I can confirm to you that my company has been offered a US$30m contract to build 300 towers for bemobile,” Mr Tokalau said.
He had already signed the contract and it clearly specified that the 300 towers are to be completed by this year.
This, he said, was a major work and would require manpower.
Mr Tokalau confirmed that he would be recruiting 60 workers from Fiji and another 240 in Papua New Guinea.
“The company needs 300 workers to complete this mammoth work.”
He said at the moment bemobile had only 300 towers in PNG compared to Digicel’s 800.
bemobile, he said, needed to have 800 towers to equal Digicel to give a fair competition.
When asked if his company would be able to fulfil its contract, Mr Tokalau said he was optimistic about it.
On the difficulties he would face Mr Tokalau said at the moment he was hiring lorries to help him do his work and building the 300 towers he would hire more lorries.
Currently Network Services Limited is setting up discs for BSP Bank.
Network Services Limited specialises in telecommunication works.
The Fijian company started work in Papua New Guinea 15 months ago.



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