Cable link to boost internet speed

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and students of Khamendra Bhartiya Primary School realease baloons to mark the launching of the Savusavu Public WiFi hotspot. Picture LUKE RAWALAI

INTERNET users on Vanua Levu will start experiencing faster internet speeds within the next two weeks as mobile carriers such as Telecom Fiji Ltd, Vodafone and Digicel get linked to the new Suva-Savusavu submarine cable system.

Officiating at the launch of the cable over the weekend, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said this meant that northern schools would have the ability to engage in digital learning in an entirely new way.

“It will bring more students online to engage with their classmates and the rest of the nation and it will create a vital link of reliable communication for those students and teachers in the most remote parts of the North,” he said.

“In fact, we’re also planning to roll out a range of educational programming across the Walesi platform.

“Better data also means a safer and more secure Fiji. Anyone who has ever managed a national disaster response can tell you: fast and reliable communication is absolutely critical.

“With this rock-solid submarine connection in place, our ability to maintain communications during serious national disasters has been taken to an entirely new level.

Mr Bainimarama said it also meant lower costs of doing business and more business opportunity in the IT sector on Vanua Levu, an industry that is a proven engine of economic growth and a creator of high-paying careers, especially for young people.

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