FREE internet and data access will be available for people living in the Western parts of Viti Levu after the official opening of the Telecentre by the acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
The centre in Nukuloa, Ba, which will be used by students and the community, will give people living in the rural areas the opportunity to be more computer literate. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the centre was the first to be opened this year and another seven would open at various locations around the country in the coming weeks.
"This is one of the government's most important initiatives to provide free access to the internet for ordinary Fijians," he said.
"This is a way we can bridge the digital divide between rich and poor and rural and urban people in Fiji."
He said 10 more centres would be established in 2013 as part of government's ongoing efforts to forge a smarter, better connected and more modern Fiji.
"Only about 25,000 Fijians have regular access to a fix-lined internet connection at the moment and we believe that this initiative will improve that figure dramatically," he said.