Telecom Continues to Empower Connectivity across Rural Communities in Fiji
Rural communities in Fiji are enjoying affordable and better access to calls and internet thanks to Telecom’s VTSAT services, delivering connectivity that enable such communities with better education and health services, improve access to information, and keep rural communities connected with the rest of Fiji and the world.
Whilst many Fijian’s live within coverage areas to call and access the internet, there are remote communities in Fiji that do not have the same connectivity, and rely on satellite technology to make voice calls and access the internet.
Telecom Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Charles Goundar, states “we take pride in finding new ways to improve our ICT infrastructure in the hopes of positively impacting the quality of life for as many Fijian’s as possible.”
“Today’s digital way of life means continuous investment in broadband satellite technology that will better connect more rural communities to essential services and help them with whatever they need to do” added Mr. Goundar.
“We work with our global partners to secure satellite technology that offers high-speed and high-quality connection, and Telecom has provided satellite services to rural communities for more than 20 years.”
The range of Telecom VTSAT services offers voice calls and reliable internet service across rural schools and hospitals in Fiji. It also provides a platform for farmers and rural businesses to sell produce online.
Moreover, rural communities can use the community WiFi where people can connect devices online to browse the news and stay in touch with loved ones.
In Viti Levu, schools in Tailevu, Naitasiri, Namosi, Serua, Navosa, and Ra are connected to Telecom’s Satellite services.
Teachers conveniently accessed learning materials online from within the school compound, rather than travelling to nearby town centers to access the internet. This made it easier for the teachers to complete remote online learning for students.
Outer islands such as Kadavu, Lomaiviti Group, and the Lau Group are also enjoying connectivity via the satellite services.
In the North, schools and health centers from provinces in Bua, Macuata and Cakaudrove are now accessing better internet access thanks to the provisions by Telecom’s VTSAT.
Telecom has a Satellite Earth Station on the island of Rotuma that provides landline call services and internet access to the Essential services and the people residing on the island.
These rural and remote areas are often susceptible to tropical cyclones and disruptions of movement amidst the COVID–19 pandemic, and the satellite services continue to provide a critical communication channel that helps communities stay connected without the worry of where they live” added Mr. Goundar.
Mr. Goundar said that Fiji is a leader in the Pacific region in terms of the development of its ICT sector and will work with Government, businesses, and communities to ensure the positive impact of the investment benefits all Fijians.