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EDITORIAL: Six Reasons Why FINTEL’s New Cabling Services Is Good for Us Vanua Levu Will Enjoy The Same Stand

EDITORIAL: Six Reasons Why FINTEL’s New Cabling Services Is Good for Us Vanua Levu Will Enjoy The Same Stand
Works on the Tui Samoa cable that will link up Samoa, Wallis and Futuna and Vanua Levu to the Fiji International Telecommunications Limited station at Rifle Range in Vatuwaqa on December 27, 2017. Photo: Maraia Vula
December 28
14:13 2017

Fiji International Telecommunications Limited (FINTEL) has embarked on its journey of ensuring it fulfils Government’s vision of providing better Information Communication Technology (ICT) access and services in Fiji.

Discussions between the World Bank and Government commenced in 2016, for this new broadband subsea cable linking Vanua Levu and Viti Levu.

Vanua Levu will soon enjoy the same standard of ICT access and services as Viti Levu.

It comes after FINTEL, successfully negotiated for the Samoa to Fiji subsea cable Tui Samoa to have a branch into Savusavu.

The main purpose is Government’s vision of ICT access for all Fijians including broadband access and cheaper costs.

The cable landed in Savusavu on Saturday, December 16.

The final cable landing is being done planned at FINTEL Vatuwaqa, Suva, will be completed later this week.

What this will mean is:

1. Vanua Levu will enjoy the same standard of ICT access and services as Viti Levu

2. Reduction in ICT costs and increase in ICT services – more accessible and reliable broadband bandwidth now available

3. Social and economic developments

4. Improved public service delivery – e-gov services

5. Increased private sector development – tourism and trade

6. More resilient infrastructure during natural disasters – comparison to the microwave radio systems

If the Viti Levu-Vanua Levu broadband cable had been built independently it would have been double the cost of the Tui Samoa cable system.

The Tui Samoa cable network is a 1400km cable system that runs from Savaii and Upolu (Samoa), Wallis and Futuna and Savusavu, to Suva (Fiji)

The project is targeted for completion in the first quarter of 2018.

The Tui Samoa cable system contractors are Alcatel Submarine Networks. They are the same contractors that built the Southern Cross Cable Network which links Fiji with the world.

Feedback:  maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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