Govt. has no intention to lower internet prices: Maleeh

Former Minister of Communication Science and Technology Mohamed Maleeh Jamaal | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives – Minister of Communication, Science and Technology removed from office by a parliamentary vote of no confidence, Maleeh Jamaal has said that the incumbent government has no intention to lower the internet price in the Maldives.

Maleeh said that in his term he had made all preparations to implement low internet prices on 19 June 2019 and sent to the President’s Office for approval, questioning whether his plan was not implemented since he did not belong to the ruling party Maldives Democratic Party (MDP).

The incumbent government’s Strategic Action Plan (SAP) states that efforts to lower internet prices will begin in the year 2022.

Former Tech. Minister Maleeh said this following a tweet by acting Tech. Minister Fayyaz Ismail who said that the government is working on bringing more significant changes. Fayyaz was addressing a comment made by State Minister Tech., Ali Solih that presidential pledge of lowering internet prices had been fulfilled.

Economic Minister of Maldives, Fayyaz Ismail had stated on November 15, 2020 that they expect the pricing of telecom services to get cheaper as the government has decided give another company the license to provide telecom services in Maldives. This was supposed to go into effect in 2021, with no progress shared with the public till date.

Minister Fayyaz also stated on that day that a new telecom company enters the market, and as the competition among the companies increases, it is expected that the telecom pricing will decrease to a good price over the years.