In response to increased demand for data as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown in the country, mobile network operator (MNO) Digicel Fiji is spending a further FJD13 million (USD6.2 million) to upgrade its 4G LTE infrastructure. The MNO’s chief executive officer Farid Mohammed is cited as saying that the company aims to complete the upgrade works by the end of October, delivering increased data capacity to a number of existing residential areas, as well as rolling out services in areas not presently covered. ‘The additional investment will enhance customer experience especially in areas where Digicel is facing challenges because of the increase in data usage due to more people working from home and more people online from home due to the current pandemic restrictions,’ he told Fiji Village.
Since 2019 Digicel Fiji has invested FJD30 million in its network upgrades, including the deployment of LTE-Advanced Pro technology (Pre-5G) and increased LTE coverage in maritime areas. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, earlier this month the MNO launched its satellite broadband service, Digisat, to provide affordable high speed data connectivity to people living in rural and remote communities in Fiji. Mohammed was quoted by local press at the time as saying that with customers relying on the operator to deliver improved broadband services in far-flung parts of the island, it had launched the new service and would also continue to expand the coverage of its 4G LTE mobile network, and help to develop community Wi-Fi projects in unserved areas.