Push to enhance ICT sector

Attorney General , Minister for Economy, Civiil Service and Communications Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum , Fiji National University's Vice Chancellor Nigel Healey and Director NTPC Isimeli Tagicakiverata during the opening of the National Conference on Information Technology at the Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

IN order to position ourselves in the 21st century, Fiji must build its ICT capacity otherwise we will be left behind, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted this during the Fiji National University’s National Training and Productivity Centre’s, national conference on Information Technology held at the Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour yesterday.

He said 10-20 years ago, there was very little planning within this sector in Fiji.

“So we embarked on some major reforms including things such as the reconfigurations of things like frequency,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said, however, frequency was considered as a limited real estate.

“People are now talking about getting on 5G or LTE etc.

“You need to ensure that the limited number of real estate frequency that you have, you are actually able to dish it out in a manner that is sustainable otherwise you will limit yourself,” he said.

FNU vice-chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said they had laid foundations for a radical change in how they provided education in order to ensure they supported government’s vision for DigitalFIJI.

“Step one was to connect the university, with generous financial support from the Government in the 2017 budget, to AARNet (Australian Academic and Research Network), which operates the submarine cable that connects Australasian universities with North America,” he said.

“The cable has a landing station in Suva, and by connecting the university directly to the landing station, we now have superfast broadband speed on the university network and access to a raft of specialist educational and research software tools.”

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