ATH grows

FIJIANS are expected to benefit from the expansion and investment plans by Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Ltd (ATH).

Vodafone Fiji Ltd’s regional CEO Pradeep Lal said five years ago the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) bought Vodafone shares making it the owner of 88 per cent of the company, which meant that FNPF
members were the beneficiaries of any investment carried out by the company.

Mr Lal said ATH had major investment plans which would also create employment for Fijians and the people in the Pacific region.

“As a group we will end up employing in the Pacific more than 3000 people, which is quite large for any entity. And 98 per cent will be locals from the countries where we go. We have created employment
opportunities for locals.

“I must say we have done the same in Fiji – 99 per cent of our staff are locals and we have invested in our staff who are our biggest assets.”

Mr Lal said ATH had invested in Kiribati, Samoa, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Australia.

He said despite competition from operators in the telecommunications sector in Fiji, the company had performed well with increase in its MPAiSA transactions per month.

According to Mr Lal, they were getting inward remittances of about $1 million per month until March this year when it increased to more than $1.6m per month.

“We are now signing much larger spread overseas which will allow for most of our people in any part of the world to send money to their families in Fiji.”

With a dynamic and vibrant team of staff members, Mr Lal said Vodafone would continue to bring new services and products for its subscribers.

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