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PM opens Suva-Savusavu submarine cable

September 8, 2018 1:14 am

A $16m Suva-Savusavu submarine cable has been opened in Savusavu this morning.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says 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, Suva.

He says this landing station is the connection point for a massive underwater fibre optic cable that stretches from Savusavu, 270 kilometres across the sea to Viti Levu.

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He adds there’s been nothing like this ever built in Fiji before, and this is only the latest in a string of landmark IT infrastructure projects the government has delivered across the country.

The Prime Minister highlighted that today, 95 per cent of all Fijians now have access to cellular data.

The government has also deregulated the sector, and brought in competition that has driven down prices and improved the quality of services on offer by giving consumers more choice in the marketplace.

He adds call charges, text and broadband rates are all the lowest they have ever been, at the highest speeds we’ve ever seen.

He says this is critical to the development of a more digital Fijian economy.

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