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Shalveen Chand
Friday, July 04, 2014

TELECOM Fiji is not looking to make more people redundant as rumours spread that more workers will follow suit of the 94 who were made redundant earlier this year.

TFL chief executive Mothilal De Silva said the redundancies were necessary as the company moved from an existing network to a newer one.

He said the business environment now was more conducive and any such action was not warranted.

"That all depends on the business environment but currently, we are focusing on our business mainly but you can't predict the future," said Mr De Silva.

"But currently, we don't have any plans for redundancies but that all depends on how we conduct our business, a lot of consolidation happened, and these redundancies happened because of the consolidations.

"Because when you move to next generation networks, so you don't need that many people, we moved from legacy networks to new generation networks, so the employees who had undertaken work on legacy is not required."

According to Mr De Silva, there will be more consolidations but no redundancies. "Currently, we are in the process of consolidation, focusing on the process side and our infrastructure developments, service improvements, the quality, not mainly on redundancies.

"There will be some investments. I can't tell that to you off-hand but we have invested heavily on infrastructure. We have 450 kilometres of fibre cables.

"In time to come, that's the way to go. (I) can't give you a time frame, but yes, work has slowly started on it."

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