FIJI will see another five telecentres up and running by the end of the year.
This will add to the 15 telecentres housed in predominantly rural schools around the country.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama told the High Level Forum on South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development — Investing in Broadband in New York on Sunday that the government provided free internet access to about 40,000 people, to students during school hours and the wider community in the evenings and on weekends.
"And by the end of this year we plan to have another five up and running," Commodore Bainimarama said.
"I get a huge thrill from opening these facilities because of the delighted looks on the faces of ordinary Fijians as a door is suddenly opened to them.
"It has been an extraordinary revolution and a story I never get tired of telling because whatever the marvels of the technology involved, it is the positive effect on the lives of our people that makes Fiji an illuminating case study."
Commodore Bainimarama said it was the door to a world of opportunity, for the child who suddenly realised the boundless opportunity to acquire knowledge, for the mother who, for the first time, had the opportunity to talk via Skype and webcam to a son serving as a UN peacekeeper, and for the father who had the opportunity to scan and email a job application instead of relying on "snail mail" or a lengthy and costly journey to an urban center.