Monday, 4 January 2010 4:41 PM

Digicel is better prepared to operate in SI than Bemobile

My job as an infrastructure officer brings me to many parts of the Solomons.

While I was up in the Eastern Outter Islands (Temotu province) during one of my tours last year I'd found out a group of Digicel representatives trying establish an office for the company in Lata. They were trying to acquire land for their towers and office. A very wise company.

I have found out that the same effort by the Digicel representatives occured in the West and other provinces.

Even the Digicel boss flew into the country to show the people of this nation that he is serious in investing here.

Sadly, I had also found out that no such effort to carry out such ground works is done on the part of Bemobile.

That sucks because I think Bemobile's proposal is only exhibited on paper without even a single ground work, basic but important ones such as innitiatives on acquisation of land.

Land as everyone knows is quite tough to easily acquire here as most are owned by customary landowners. So in a real world situation I believe Bemobile will spend 21 months to acquire land and another 21 months to bring about the services to even just 50% of the people of this country.

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