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Free Wireless Internet Access Moves Forward In Fiji
7 telecenters to be opened this year, 10 more in 2013

By Indrani Krishna

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Nov. 28, 2012) – Fiji’s Government is soon expected to provide free internet and data access for Fijians across the country.

The move comes as government’s opened today one of eight Tele-centers at Nukuloa School along the Lautoka/Ba corridor by acting Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Another seven would be opened at various other locations around the country in the coming weeks.

"This is one of the Government’s most important initiatives – to provide free access to the internet for ordinary Fijians. This is a way we can bridge the digital divide between rich and poor and rural and urban people in Fiji," he said.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said that ten more centers would be established in 2013 as part of the Government’s ongoing efforts to forge a smarter, better connected and more modern Fiji.

"Only about 25,000 Fijians have regular access to a fix-lined internet connection at the moment and we believe that this initiative will improve that figure dramatically," he said.

As well as all the necessary hardware and software, the Government is also providing security for the Tele-centers and an assistant to help users learn how to use the services.

The first lot of Tele-centers were launched by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, in October last year, at Suva Sangam College, Levuka Public School, and Rakiraki Public High School.

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