Blue Sky Samoa and Digicel battle it out in Court


BY Lagi Keresoma

APIA, SAMOA: MONDAY 29 FEBRUARY 2016: The case of who owns the rights to provide internet services during the Manu Samoa and All Blacks historic match last July between the 2 mobile telephone companies Blue Sky Samoa and Digicel is now before the court.

In Court yesterday, counsel for the Respondent, Blue Sky Samoa asked the Court for more time so they could respond to a statement of claim from Digicel.

Chief Justice Patū Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu granted the application and also gave the plaintiff the opportunity to respond to the respondent’s claim of defense.

Both parties have until the 14th March 2016 to finalise their responses.

The claim  by Digicel against Blue Sky Samoa stemmed from a misunderstanding during the rugby match when all the rights to provide internet service was awarded to Blue Sky, however, Digcel was also providing the same service on the day before the games committee knew about it and turned off the service.

Part of that service was providing internet connection to the media unit.

When the issue came up, the Office of the Regulator informed Blue Sky Samoa to apologise to Digicel and that has yet to happen.

The matter will be recalled on the 14th March 2016.

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