Telecom Fiji Limited (TFL) has announced that phase one of its ‘Connect Public Wi-Fi’ project launched this week, with the service provider now intent on rolling out coverage to the whole of the territory of Fiji. Local newspaper The Fiji Sun quotes CEO Mothilal De Silva as saying that the current coverage extends to the Central and Western Divisions, adding: ‘TFL deployed these sites on a ripple strategy under the first wave, extending coverage to include a number of key public hotspots in parks, bus stations, shopping malls, banks and hospitals.’ With more sites due to be unveiled in the short term, De Silva confirmed that, to date, more than 150 sites are now active, in addition to which TFL has deployed nearly 200 hotspots in a number of leading hotels across Fiji.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that after five consecutive years of financial losses, TFL returned to profit in its fiscal year ending 31 March 2015, booking a net profit of FJD18.49 million (USD8.75 million), compared to a FJD15 million loss the previous year. TFL’s turnaround was aided, it said, by the sale of its asset, Ganilau House in Suva. The carrier is wholly owned by Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH), a holding company owned by Fiji National Provident Fund (58.2%) and the government of Fiji (34.6%); the remaining ATH shares are distributed.