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$30M Digicel Fiji Network Upgrade

Digicel Fiji chief executive officer, Farid Mohammed said they have always worked hard to provide the best services and offers for its customers.
06 Jun 2020 14:04
$30M Digicel Fiji Network Upgrade
Digicel Fiji chief executive officer, Farid Mohammed (left), Head of Technical for Digicel Fiji, Krishneel Kumar, and Jone Turaganivalu – Team Leader Central Field Operations (on tower) at the Digicel Fiji site at Khalsa Rd, Newtown.

Good news for Digicel network users!

Digicel Fiji yesterday announced a $30 million network upgrade.

Digicel Fiji chief executive officer, Farid Mohammed said they have always worked hard to provide the best services and offers for its customers.

“We want to be the Digital Lifestyle partner of our customers across Fiji.

“We will increase our LTE coverage out there.

“This mirrors, our vision to become the Digicel Lifestyle partner of our customers by providing this service and putting the people in the most remote location equal integration of Fiji in terms of communication services.

“We are a journey, and realise this within a network that will support the new offers, the new products that we are rolling out into the market.

“We are committed on building the best in class network that will improve coverage, internet speeds and the data experience for our customers.

“In the first phase of upgrade, we have invested more than $14m which started late 2019.

“The benefits of this $14m project completion sees Digicel adding additional data capacity using the latest LTE technology.

“We have upgraded most of our sites in the main centers to LTE Advance Pro Technology (Pre-5G) in Suva, Nausori, Nadi and Lautoka.

“We have also increased our LTE coverage in maritime areas and Vanua Levu.”

He said with the recent COVID-19 impacted everyone, more so during the lockdowns in Suva and Lautoka when many companies had to resort to working from home, this saw the Digicel network observe more than 40 per cent increase in data traffic demand.

Mr Farid stated; “We were able to cater for this demand, thanks to the first phase of the upgrade.

“But in order to meet future data demands we are investing a further $16m to further improve customer experience.

“The next phase of this year’s upgrades are to further improve LTE coverage across Fiji.

“We target to upgrade almost all of our remaining sites to LTE.

“What this means is that we will provide LTE/ 4G on the remotest areas of Fiji like the Lau Group, Koro Island, Taveuni and Vanua Levu.

“We are committed to deliver an amazing network experience for our customers, we have put great effort in developing our network in order to continue meeting your changing needs for seamless streaming and downloading videos, using mobile applications and playing games.

“We thank you for taking this journey with us.

Digicel Fiji chief executive officer Mohammed Farid (standing middle light blue shirt) with staff at the Digicel Office- Khalsa Road on June 5, 2020.

Digicel Fiji chief executive officer Mohammed Farid (standing middle light blue shirt) with staff at the Digicel
Office- Khalsa Road on June 5, 2020.

Digital Transformation Programme

“These upgrades will complement our government’s investment in the Submarine Cable as well as their Digital Transformation Programme known as digitalFIJI.

He said this is a programme to implement a number of Government applications, enhance the overall ICT infrastructure and build and develop capacity in digital transformation in the government.

“One of the key goals of digitalFIJI is to make more key Government services available online and through mobile applications – Digicel’s network upgrade will enable remote communities to use the latest technology and enjoy the same experience and be on par with the rest of the country,” Mr Farid said.

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