Fiji to hold 4G mobile frequency auction in June

31 May 2013

The interim government of Fiji plans to hold an auction of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile spectrum licences – its first tender of such frequencies – which will be capable of supporting ultra-high speed internet access. According to Attorney-General and Communications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum the competitive auction will begin next month, taking place between 24 June and 28 June at the office of the Department of Communications in Suva. The minister says that the vision of the government is that every Fijian be able to have affordable access to network coverage, and that given the strength of the 4G signal, he hopes that domestic cellcos will be able to boost coverage to 100% of Fijians, from the present figure of 95%. ‘This is another example of the Bainimarama government’s commitment to bridging the digital divide between the rich and the poor, and the rural and urban,’ Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said. The minister went on to add: ’The auction will promote competition, attract foreign investors, and eliminate the kind of corruption that is seen the world over when it comes to spectrum allocation.’