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Dawn Gibson
Thursday, January 17, 2013

PEOPLE in remote areas are being encouraged to be more vocal about the status of telecommunications coverage in their areas.

These areas include isolated parts of Ba, Bua, Cakaudrove, the Lau group, Macuata, Nadroga/Navosa, Naitasiri, Namosi, Tailevu and Ra.

The move is an attempt by the state to give everyone around the country the same level of service, said a statement from the Information Ministry this week.

"We're asking them to get in touch with us so that we can relay this information to telecommunications service providers as part of our scheme to provide them with incentives to improve levels of service," said Attorney-General and Communications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in the statement.

The statement said the initiative was part of government's universal services areas scheme which aims to provide all Fijians with equal access to fixed or mobile phones and the internet.

"The universal services areas scheme applies to those areas where there is either no service at the moment or service is poorer than in other parts of Fiji. We've already established telecentres around the country in certain schools so that students can access the internet during the day and whole communities can do so out of hours."


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