Satellite-improved satellite technology could mean the promise of satellite-based IP trunking solutions

Submarine cable-There are quite a few cabling projects underway in the South Pacific and key to bringing greater connectivity between the islands is to link them up with fiber-optic cable

Wireless is an ever-shifting landscape.  You will find three categories here and thanks to relevant discussion of topics like broadband and mobile internet convergence, a great deal of overlapping area.  What is important to remember here is that this is a discussion of the current and future generation mobile and wireless networks and competing standards and vision mean a great deal to how accessible the internet becomes in Fiji.

3G—refers commonly to wide-area cellular telephone networks that evolved to incorporate high-speed Internet access and video telephony.

WiMAX–networks thar are short range, high-bandwidth networks primarily developed for data.

LTE—“Long-term evolution” refers to upcoming generations of cellular telephone networks.

Next up, we have what I call the 3-E’s of Empowerment. When in doubt, empower the user.  That’s what I intend to do here with stories, examples, cases of ‘best practices’ that highlight the role technology can play in getting people to take charge of their own lives:

Education—technology is revolutionizing every aspect of education.

Entrepreneurship—whole new ways of doing business

Environment—in the South Pacific, the challenge is to leave it in a pristine condition for the next generation

The following two categories fall under the rubric of industry policy. What separates countries where internet is cheap and ubiquitous from countries where it is expensive and unavailable to the masses? Not technology–that’s available to all.  It is up to the policy makers and regulators to come up with a vision for cheap and high-quality internet in Fiji.

Policy—this is a highly contentious area, nevertheless, I intend to plunge us all into discussion.  Around the world, smart government regulation has brought about solutions that industry could not.  Businesses cannot be expected to think of the long-term interests of anyone other than their shareholders.  That is why you need policy.

BPO—business process off-shoring.  Highlighting Fiji’s suitability as a location for BPO ventures.

Universal access—internet usage in Fiji is estimated at 4 out of 100 households.  In OECD countries, that figure is closer to 80 out of 100 countries