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Mobile Phone Users In Islands Assured More Efficient Services

With more than 750,000 customers actively using the pre and post-paid services on offer there has also been significant progress made in other service areas.
10 Mar 2020 17:41
Mobile Phone Users In Islands Assured More Efficient Services
Vodafone Outlet in the heart of Suva City.

Vodafone users in the island provinces can expect much improved services from the mobile telecommunications company Vodafone Fiji.

The company had last year announced its million of dollars in investment.

This was to upgrade and expand its network infrastructure to allow other initiatives and developments in our islands.

With more than 750,000 customers actively using the pre and post-paid services on offer there has also been significant progress made in other service areas.

Around this time last year, the company had started work on 144 new 4G+/Pre-5G base stations for expanded capacity and coverage across Fiji where $60 million was invested for rural and remote areas.

A significant portion ($60m) was geared towards providing high internet service in remote areas including islands in the Maritime Zone.

With this growth, a number of Vodafone customers in some of the islands were optimistic that the company would enhance connectivity in their areas as well.

Vilive Vugakoto of Namajiu, Lawaki Village in Kadavu said they could only make and receive calls using the Vodafone Mobile at certain spots in the village.

“Sometimes we have to be in an elevated area to enjoy connection. Hopefully Vodafone will work out something soon so we can access connection in Baba Ceva,” he said.

Vodafone Fiji in a response to questions said the company had coverage in majority of the maritime islands around Fiji.

“Places such as Yasawa and Mamanuca group of islands have good Vodafone coverage for voice and data services,” said Vodafone Fiji.

Island Connectivity

“Vodafone is also present in Beqa, Yanuca and on Kadavu in places such as Vunisea, Tavuki, Muani as well as Ono, Kavala and parts of Bulia and Dravuni.

“In the Lomaiviti Group, Vodafone provides coverage to Northern Gau and parts of Nairai, and Koro Island. Levuka and Tokou on Ovalau, Naigani and Wakaya are also well covered by Vodafone. Vodafone is also present in Lakeba and Vanuabalavu.”

And the good news for islanders is that the company as part of its network expansion programme has extended 4G+ coverage to Levuka, Wakaya, Naigani, Mana, Malolo Island, Tokoriki, Vomo, Rabi, and Taveuni in the past 12 months.

A Vodafone executive said: “We are already working on improving our services in Western parts of Ovalau and Moturiki. We are anticipating having this project completed in the next three months.

“The challenge for Vodafone in the maritime islands is the lack of infrastructure such as power, road access etc.”

The executive noted that most of the maritime sites were powered by diesel generators that needed to be refuelled and serviced regularly.

And the lack of regular and reliable transportation and shipping services is an ongoing issue to maintain the sites.

“Despite the many challenges, we continue to provide a consistent and reliable coverage in most of the maritime zones,” Vodafone Fiji said.

One of Vodafone Fiji’s Tower.

One of Vodafone Fiji’s Tower.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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