THE upgrade of mobile networks from 3G to 4G status next year is expected to boost mobile network coverage in isolated communities and settlements around the country.
Speaking at a talanoa session on his Northern tour with Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said plans were in progress for the construction of more communication towers on Vanua Levu.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they would put out tenders for companies interested in carrying out the construction projects.
"The setting up of these towers will improve signals in remote communities and settlements around Vanua Levu," he said.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was responding to queries raised by Dogotuki villager Mosese Waqasaqa regarding the poor mobile network in the area.
Mr Waqasaqa said villagers found it difficult to establish mobile phone contact with relatives around the country.
"We sometimes have to go up a hill about 16 kilometres from the village to make a call," he said.
"Sometimes during bad weather there is no signal at all and we have to walk further on to try and get a mobile signal.
"We thank this government for setting up the telecentres as this will further enable us to use other means of communication available in the internet."