THE country's newly approved telecommunication provider bemobile yesterday formally received its operations licence from the Foreign Investment Board (FIB).
The licence comes after more than a month since it applied in December last year.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Julien Coustaury was excited about his new licence and promised to get serious about its project in the country in the coming weeks and months.
bemobile submitted its application on December 4th under bemobile Papua New Guinea (PNG).
However, before the licence was handed over by the Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua on 8 December 2009, FIB has yet to make an approval.
This had resulted in a lot of criticisms by the public in the media.
Later Mr Coustaury explained that they have submitted all the necessary documents to the FIB in December.
A spokesperson for the company yesterday said the delay in other supporting documents was from the Attorney General Office and the FIB.
"But since they have submitted those supporting documents the licence is now approved and given to us," the officer said.
The new company is now registered as bemobile Solomon Islands.
It plans to launch its mobile services between June and September this year, targetting 25, 000 customers by the end of this year.
Within 21 months, bemobile expects to provide coverage to 80 percent of the population.
By MOFFAT MAMU
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