Bluesky sale to Fiji company good competition

By Lanuola Tupufia – Ah Tong ,

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Plans by the Fiji government owned Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (A.T.H.) to buy the Bluesky Group will be good competition for the telecommunication service providers in Samoa. 

So says rival Digicel Head of Corporate Affairs, Leaupepe Talai Lene in an interview with the Samoa Observer. 

Although Leaupepe is uncertain of “what is happening with A.T.H. and Bluesky in going forward” he says it is business as usual for them. 

“As far as we’re concerned it is Bluesky that is still there,” says Leaupepe. “We are doing what we can to serve our customers. Competition is what it is and it is good for our people. 

This competition can benefit our people.” Recently, the Board of Directors of Bluesky’s parent company, Amper S.A. had already approved the sale and the binding offer from A.T.H. of US$79.1million. 

The offer was presented for endorsement at a special meeting of Amper shareholders around October 2 and 3 in Spain. 

The sale is also subject to approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. 

Other than Samoa and American Samoa, Bluesky also operates in the Cook Islands.  

Following the announcement of Bluesky’s sale in June this year, Bluesky long term Chief Executive Officer, Aoe’e Adolfo Montenegro was sacked.  

In a statement from Bluesky it stated that Amper S.A. have decided to conclude the management agreement with Aoe’e in late September. 

The statement did not give the reasons behind the decision. 

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