Free Wi-Fi launched at Lautoka market

Crowds line up to apply for Walesi set top boxes. Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT/Facebook

WALESI Fiji launched its 15th public WiFi hot spot yesterday at the Lautoka Municipal Market, making it the second for the city, as part of the Government’s Digital Fiji initiative.

According to a Government statement, it gives users 60 minutes of complimentary internet access daily.

The event was also an opportunity for applicants to receive Walesi set top boxes and enjoy a range of educational and entertaining television channels.

Walesi CEO, Shivnesh Prasad said there were now approximately 100,000 active Walesi set top boxes, with a large number of Fijians also viewing television programs on their phones via the Walesi OTT App, which has  over 100,000 downloads.

“The free public WiFi initiative clearly demonstrates the Government’s commitment towards the development of the ICT and education sector in Fiji,” he noted.

“Our focus is to empower Fijians, especially youths, by providing them access to ICT services like the Internet. ICT provides everyone with not only the tools for communications but also an enabler for a knowledge-based society. This service can be used for emails, web browsing, Skype and Viber, researching for assignments online and so forth.”

The free WiFi hotspot initiative was announced in the 2018-2019 National Budget with a $40 million allocation for increased speed in public WiFi hot spots in Fiji.

These locations include My Suva Park, Sigatoka Bus Stand, Koroivolu Park in Nadi, Shirley Park in Lautoka, Ba Bus Stand, Korovou Market, Syria Park in Nausori, Labasa Civic Centre and Savusavu Market.

*A more detailed report in today’s The Sunday Times and on our e-edition.


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