Fiji’s interim government has reiterated its commitment to providing every Fijian access to affordable mobile and broadband telecoms services through its Universal Access Programme. The Fiji Times Online reports that the government of Prime Minister Bainimarama aims to provide 100% coverage in Fiji – although no deadline for reaching this ambitious goal has been given. Speaking at the recent Mobile World Congress in Spain, Fiji’s attorney-general and minister for communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, told delegates that with government support, mobile network coverage (including 3G) has already been rolled out to 95% of the population, but that works will continue until the 100% target has been reached. ‘In order to accomplish this, government will offer subsidies to the service providers under the Universal Access Programme,’ Sayed-Khaiyum said.
Furthermore, the attorney-general went on to say that the government is now preparing for the allocation of 4G frequency spectrum, via a competitive auction, to provide its people with access to ultra-high speed mobile broadband services.
‘Our focus is not just on the maximum bid but on the best arrangement that will expedite connectivity,’ he said.