The Fiji Islands comprise 333 islands in the South Pacific. The population of Fiji is approximately 870,000 people (Fiji Bureau of Statistics, 2015). The capital of Fiji is Suva located on the main island called Viti Levu. Viti Levu is home to approximately 70% of the country's population. The second largest island is Vanua Levu. The main airport is located in Nadi on the western side of Viti Levu. The second major airport is in Nausori, just outside of the capital Suva.
Tropical Cyclone Winston struck the Pacific island of Fiji on Saturday 20 February 2016. The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) was activated on 15 March with the World Food Programme (WFP) co-leading the communications cluster response with the Government of Fiji for TC Winston.
In 2017, the ETC worked with the Fiji NDMO to improve their HF radio network and communications room at NDMO headquarters in Suva. Since that time the ETC has supported the NDMO to run emergency telecommunications training for response actors.
Contact details and social media channels for the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO):
The ETC is focussed on preparedness activities in Fiji and nearby Pacific Island countries under its Pacific Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) project, lead by WFP.
Using the Southern Cross submarine cable network, FINTEL provides capacity for high speed internet access in Fiji and other Pacific Island countries. Currently there is only one submarine cable landing point in Fiji. FINTEL is looking to invest in alternative cable systems and increase the number of submarine cable landing points to introduce resilience into their network, and reduce single points of failure. A number of Pacific Island countries connect to the international internet gateway via Fiji.
The Telecommunications Authority of Fiji (www.taf.org.fj) is the main regulatory body for the telecommunications sector in Fiji. Spectrum allocation is managed through TAF. Requests for HF radio call sign should also be submitted to TAF for allocation.
For the TAF schedule of fees and charges for operating licenses for telecommunications and radio communications, visit: www.taf.org.fj/getattachment/Publications/Fees---Charges/TAF-license-fee...
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