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Vodafone Wins License in French Polynesia

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Vodafone is reported to have secured a license to operate a mobile network in French Polynesia in a joint venture with Pacific Mobile Telecom. Local radio reports, cited by Radio New Zealand said that the government approved the application, but no date has been set for the network launch.

A spokesman for PMT, Patrick Moux, has told RFO radio that the company will try to launch its service as soon as possible.

There is currently a single mobile network in the islands, Tikiphone which the Mobile World estimates to have around 200,000 subscribers.

The islands of French Polynesia have a total land area of 4,167 square kilometres (1,622 sq. mi) scattered over 2,500,000 square kilometres (965,255 sq. mi) of ocean. It is made up of several groups of islands, the largest and most populated of which is Tahiti. Total population at the August 2007 census was 259,596 inhabitants, with a GDP per capita of  US$21,565 in 2005.

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