High prices for hardware remain a significant barrier to the widespread usage of Internet in Fiji. The Consumer Council reports that despite the removal of fiscal duties from USB wireless modems, there has been no downward movement in pricing of these devices.
These devices are also sold on pre-pay and post-pay terms. Depending on the selected option, consumers can also pay a deposit and the first month of service in advance.
These high up-front costs will keep this technology out of the hands of many in Fiji and is again indicative of our telecoms valuing short-term profit-taking over long-term development of the market.