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Network clean-up

Ropate Valemei
Thursday, December 20, 2012

VODAFONE Fiji is working round-the-clock to ensure its network connections are restored as it continues its rehabilitation works around the country.

Vodafone managing director Aslam Khan said they realised mobile phones had become part and parcel of people's lives.

"It becomes all the more important in the aftermath of a natural disaster particularly in damage assessment and co-ordination of relief and rehabilitation work," Mr Khan said.

Mr Khan said a team of engineers had been camping in the highlands and at tower sites working late into the night to ensure people were connected.

"Vodafone had already restored 95 per cent of its network coverage to Vanua Levu, Tavueni and nearby islands. We were also able to restore coverage to parts of Nadi particularly to the critical Nadi Airport area and also the CBD and surrounding areas of Lautoka," he said.

Vodafone had made it a priority to ensure its network was up and running at the earliest so people could begin rehabilitation works help relevant government departments better coordinate their relief efforts and other logistics.

Vodafone Fiji was not spared the wrath of the cyclone with extensive damage sustained to its network.

A number of towers were damaged and blown to the ground while others were stripped off antennas and dishes that act as signal receiver sand transmitters.

Mr Khan said more areas were expected to receive Vodafone coverage yesterday afternoon.

He said power restoration was the major impediment to their restoration works.