16th November 09:39 AM
PM opens Suva-Savusavu Submarine Cable Project
By Naveel Krishant
Sunday 09/09/2018
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officiating the Suva-Savusavu Submarine Cable Project[Photo:Fijian Government]

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has opened the Suva-Savusavu Submarine Cable Project.

This new cable project will increase connectivity speeds on Vanua Levu by fifty times, from two gigabits to 100 gigabits per second across the island.

While speaking at the event Bainimarama says that this sort of development takes years of careful planning to deliver.

Bainimarama says it has taken long‑term vision, bold initiative and takes considerable economic means to make a reality adding, that luckily, these are the hallmarks of his government’s leadership, and that is how this $16 million investment has been made possible.

He says that this cable project is a direct link to the Southern Cross Cable – a massive trans‑pacific telecommunications network that has a landing point in Vatuwaqa on Viti Levu.

Bainimarama adds that up until today, data has been transmitted from Viti Levu to Vanua Levu through microwave technology.

Bainimarama says that these faster speeds will be steadily brought throughout Vanua Levu over the next two weeks, as major mobile carriers, like TFL, Vodafone, and Digicel, become linked into the new cable system.

He adds better data also means a safer and more secure Fiji.

Meanwhile, Bainimarama has also launched the Savusavu Public Wifi Hotspot at the Savusavu Town Foreshore.

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