Former Regulator hired by Digital TV Platform owners

The former Regulator, Leafaoali’i Unutoa Auelua-Fonoti has been contracted by the Samoa Digital Communications Limited, as a Consultant for their Internet Service Provider (I.S.P.) 

This was confirmed by Auomanū Andrew Ah Liki Jr. manager for the Digital T.V. in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. 

“She’s here as a consultant,” said Auomanū. 

“After she resigned, she came to see us and so we decided to use her as a Consultant, but it’s not for the Digital T.V. but mostly advises for the I.S.P., he said. 

Lefaoali’i resigned following a Public Service Commission investigation into allegation of “misusing her authority” last month. 

The Office of the Regulator is Samoa's Regulator for the telecommunications, broadcasting, postal and electricity sectors. 

The Organisation was established in 2006 under the Telecommunications Act 2005 to provide regulatory services for the telecommunications sector in Samoa. 

Efforts to get direct comments from Lefao via her cell phone were not answered as of press time. 

The Samoa Observer questioned whether there was a conflict of interest in working for a company she used to regulate, but received no response. 

According to Auomanū the Digital T.V. platform is moving towards the I.S.P. avenue. 

“We got our [I.S.P.] license a month ago, during the time [Fesola’i] Cecily who was Acting [Regulator]. 

He assured that Lefao is not involved with the Digital T.V. 

“The Digital T.V. is almost done as well, but she is not here to consult on the T.V. rather the I.S.P.,” Auomanū reiterated. 


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