WARNING! MAHESH PATEL AT THE CENTRE OF TELIKOM 4G GSM MOBILE PRICE FIXING SCANDAL
by PNG CWU
Who says Mahesh Patel will settle down? This Fijian/Indian who claims to be the best Chairman in the South Pacific is still spinning his wheel of fortune in the daily operations of Telikom PNG.
His Motive? To grossly devalue Telikom PNG and make it underperform in the face of competition, take this as a genuine case to NEC and recommend for TPNG to be made insolvent. Then, float the company in open market, and who buys it? Mahesh Patel and his cohorts who are closely associated with Peter O’Neil. They will then shift the gateway from PNG to Fiji, and there goes PNG!
Lately, here is how he planned to do that: On the 18th of April, the Telikom Management was under pressure from Mahesh Patel to do a submission for a Board Meeting to be held the very next day to approve a price fixture for Telikom 4G mobile in favour of Bemobile and Digicel. The Management submission contained recommendations for Telikom Board to approve a cut-off price for Telikom 4G Voice and Internet rates and was approved by Mahesh Patel and the Board on 19th April, 2017. The submission contained recommendations, if implemented, will force Telikom Low end data users to spend as high as K30.00 to buy data bundles valued at 0.5GBytes and upwards. There will be no more K2 to K29 worth of data bundles. As a result, other mobile operators will offer the lower end data bundles as they have been doing all this time.
BOARD RECOMMENDATION #2 READS_ KTH Board agree the following price principles for TPNG.
1. Pricing to start at 0.5GBytes and be higher than Bemobile at this point.
Mahesh Patel gave condition that for Telikom to fully launch its 4G GSM Network & Services across PNG, the management has to agree to a price fixing scandal as stated above. Otherwise, TPNG will do a soft launch only. That is the case now.
Telikom customers will be forced to purchase data bundles commencing from 0.5Gbyte (500MB) upwards. This automatically forces customers away from Telikom to either Bemobile or Digicel. There is absolutely no guarantee that they will migrate to Bemobile, this is something the Chairman has in his mind.
This is a very bad decision by a Board of an SOE in the face of full competition which is trying its best to provide affordable services to the people of Papua New Guinea. ICCC and NICTA should check the board’s decision to see if it has complied with all Regulatory requirements to suddenly increase the prices of internet in Papua New Guinea. This is in direct contrast to TPNG’s vision statement, which states that TPNG shall make communications services accessible and affordable to all Papua New Guineans by 2050. This is in line with the National Government’s vision 2050.
This vision statement currently hangs on the walls of the Telikom Rumana ground floor main entrance. It seems Mahesh Patel needs microscopic lenses to be able to read and understand simple English, or should that be written in Fijian/Indian language, then he may understand.
If the Board is found to be in breach of laws regulating operations of Telikom & Bemobile in terms of pricing and licencing for the two operators, then, the full Board should be sacked.
The Telikom PNG Management, Technical Staff, Engineers, Service Technicians, Customer Services and Sales staff with the support of the PNG Communications Workers Union Members across the country are up against the board’s decision and are holding a series of stop work meetings to put this decision on hold after a new Government is formed in August this year to review these irresponsible decisions.
Sources from within the Board and Executive Management confirmed that this is Mahesh Patel’s own doing with the support of an overseas based board director Andrew Johnson.
It is now very clear. The deal is between Mahesh Patel, Andrew Johnson for Bemobile and John Mangos who still has much say in Digicel Operations in PNG. That is, for Mahesh Patel to initiate the Price Fixing scandal and deny Telikom PNG of business and allow Bemobile and Digicel to benefit in return for personal favours and monetary gains. This is corporate fraud and PM Mr. O’Neil who is half Australian/PNG needs to seriously consider the interest of Papua New Guineans and make some bold decisions on the fate of these three crooks. SACK THEM IMMEDIATELY. Failing that, a new Government formed in August this year should immediately DEPORT THESE CROOKS OUT OF PNG.
On the 14th of June, all staff and Union Members based in NCD have unanimously agreed and passed a resolution for Telikom PNG to fully launch its 4G GSM Service Nationwide at the end of June 2017 without the Mahesh Patel Price Fixing scandal. A letter to this effect has been delivered to the office of the Acting CEO, Mr. Xavier Victor to facilitate the launching.
SO FELLOW PAPUA NEW GUINEANS ACROSS OUR BEAUTIFUL NATION, STANDBY FOR THE CHEAPEST, AFFORDABLE AND HIGHEST INTERNET SPEED TO HIT YOU SOON. WE ASSURE YOU, YOU WILL ENJOY THIS SERVICE AND IT IS FROM YOUR TELIKOM, ALWAYS THERE!!!!.
IN TELIKOM PNG, WE ARE PATRIOTIC. PAPUA NEW GUINEANS IN TELIKOM PNG WILL NOT ALLOW MAHESH PATEL TO DESTROY TELIKOM PNG. HE WILL HAVE TO PACK UP AND LEAVE SOON.