FIJI moved up five places to 88th position in its last annual review of the delivery of ICT infrastructure and services to the populations of about 150 countries, the third largest improvement by any country.
And the government is empowering its people through broadband access ending their isolation and broadening their horizons in a way that previous generations could never have imagined.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, while addressing the High Level Forum on South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development on Investing in Broadband, recounted what he termed "an extraordinary revolution" taking place in Fiji as more people gained access to affordable broadband.
He urged nations embarking on a broadband development program to make broadband affordable, encourage competition, develop a partnership between government and the private sector, institute a regulatory framework that is fair, efficient and transparent, and have a zero tolerance for corruption, especially when it comes to spectrum allocation.
"There are millions of people across the world that require our assistance to bring them affordable access to broadband, to increase their opportunities, improve their lives and make them a global citizen," Commodore Bainimarama said.
"We must connect them, empower them and bring them the digital revolution as a fundamental cornerstone of our collective and holistic effort to achieve our millennium development goals."
The secretary-general of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Dr Hamadoun TourÃ©, praised Commodore Bainimarama as "one of the ITU's strongest supporters in its work to expand access to broadband and internet services to all people".
The meeting is one of several being held during the UN General Assembly and brings together political leaders and technical experts concerned with extending broadband's reach throughout the developing world.