Fijian minister unveils two initiatives to boost mobile, internet access

22 Nov 2013

Fiji’s attorney general and minister for communications, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, has told delegates at the ITU Telecom World Conference in Bangkok that the interim government plans to roll out two new initiatives next year designed to provide mobile and internet access for all Fijians – including those living on remote islands. Khaiyum confirmed that the dual projects are designed to foster the rollout of telecoms infrastructure in remote areas currently unserved by any local operator, by subsidising the build costs at designated locations. In addition, the minister said that the government is looking to implement new laws to enable network sharing between service providers to augment this plan, noting that given the small economies of scale in countries such as Fiji, governments have to be more innovative in how they seek to attract private sector investment, while simultaneously having to bear a larger responsibility where it comes to investment in ICT systems.