Vodafone Fiji rolls out 4G+ and pre 5G network

Vodafone Fiji Regional CEO Pradeep Lal. Picture: ELENOA BASELALA

AN upgrade by Vodafone Fiji of its network to 4G+ and 5G is expected to bridge the digital divide in Fiji including the North.

Company regional CEO Pradeep Lal is expected to make the announcement this morning in a press conference

The $207million capital upgrade will help the telco company keep up with the demands of data from users, which has grown from 10 tetabyte to 400 tetabyte in the last two years.

Part of the project is the completion of the Savusavu Submarine Fibre Project which will enable high speed Internet connection to Vanua Levu.

“Whilst the landing station is Savusavu, Vodafone is setting up a high capacity transmission link between Savusavu to Labasa to bring high speed internet services to Labasa and the rest of Vanua Levu,’ Mr Lal said.

At least 49 new 4G+ base stations will be commissioned in Vanua Levu and the high speed internet coverage will include Taveuni, Rabi and Laucala Island by the end of June.

Vodafone also announced that half the population of Fiji will have pre 5G services after the upgrade.

Fiji’s smartphone penetration is 78 per cent, which is above the global benchmark of 75 per cent.

According to Vodafone  viewing videos online consume far more data and network bandwidth to traditional internet.

‘This shift in user behaviour has pushed data usage through the roof,’ Mr Lal said.

‘ As a business, Vodafone has recognised this trend and accordingly committed substantial budget to ensure there is sufficient capacity and headroom to cater for the anticipated demand for data growth in future, ‘ Mr Lal added.

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