Fijian operator Telecom Fiji Ltd (TFL) is reportedly planning to lay a fibre-optic cable from Savusavu to Labasa to expand the speed, reach and reliability of internet access in the north of the country over the next two years. The development was revealed by the country’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who was speaking at the opening of the Cakaudrove Provincial Council meeting in Yaroi Village this week. The PM claimed the rollout will support homes and business in the region, as well as young Fijians looking for employment, as part of the government’s ‘plans to unlock the great potential in the Northern Division’.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that in November 2021, TFL revealed that as part of its ongoing rollout of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology more than 5,000 homes in Suva, Nadi and Lautoka now have access to its ultra-fast fibre broadband services. TFL chief executive Charles Goundar said that his company is investing FJD180 million (USD87.1 million) over the next five years and accelerating deployment in the face of rising demand – compounded by the need for people to work from home during the pandemic.