BY the end of this year, 60,000 more Fijians including 5000 students would have access to the internet at various community telecentres all over the country.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said this during the official opening of a new telecentre at Baulevu High School on Wednesday.
He said government was connecting Fijians to the world as part of its commitment to deliver services to ordinary people in Fiji.
"They are no longer isolated, no longer starved of information and days of being isolated," Commodore Bainimarama said.
"We are giving ordinary Fijians in Tailevu access to all aspects of a telecommunication revolution that is transforming people's lives the world over.
"This centre will provide free internet and data access for hundreds of people in the surrounding area."
He said the telecentre would be used by schoolchildren during school hours and by the rest of the community after hours and on weekends.
"Before we started this program, Fiji lagged behind the rest of the world in accessing the latest telecommunications technology," the PM said.
"By the end of this year more Fijians would have access to the internet through these centres."
He said the opening of the telecentre bridged the digital divide and that people in Tailevu had the opportunity to gain knowledge and access the same services.
"Students can use the internet to broaden their horizons and they can immediately be part of a bigger world, a world of knowledge and of contact with people in other places," he said.
"To teachers, this radically increases the number of teaching tools at your disposal and use them to prepare our children for a life that is only as limited as their imagination."
School principal Rajendra Kumar said they were happy with the assistance government provided to the school.
As well, those who live around the Baulevu area and nearby villagers are excited about the opportunity and grateful for the assistance provided through the opening of the new telecentre.