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Service providers remain positive on mobile network

Ropate Valemei
Sunday, December 16, 2012

THE two major mobile phone companies in Fiji are positive with the running of their respective networks during this cyclone.

Digicel Fiji chief executive officer Maurice McCarthy said they would try to keep their network up and running.

And they are prepared with generators for their network stations to be on standby if there will be any disturbance on the network.

Mr McCarthy said the critical part was the safety of the people and how they kept in touch with their families.

"We will try and keep our network running during the cyclone so the public can keep in touch with their loved ones in Fiji and the region."

He said they have survived many cyclones and they were optimistic because they had really prepared well for Tropical Cyclone Evan that was expected to affect Fiji tomorrow.

Therefore, he said they were working with DISMAC and the government on the operations before and after the cyclones. "We have given additional phones to DISMAC on the operation works and will also assist in the post cyclone for evacuation centres around Fiji."

He said they will give food, drinking water and other necessities to families who were badly affected by cyclone.

Furthermore, he said they have been working with the other South Pacific islands offices on operations and assistance. Vodafone Fiji's manager sponsorship and public relations Liga Gukisuva said their network was up and running.

Mr Gukisuva said they could only comment on their network after the cyclone.

He urged the public to take heed of the DISMAC and the government advice on measures to be taken. He said the public can contact Vodafone on 123 for assistance.