Villagers benefit from mobile connectivity – FBC News

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The villagers of Namuavoivoi in Bua are now connected to the World Wide Web after decades without an internet or mobile connection.

Communication network provider Digicel has installed a satellite connection that will allow the remote village to access the network.

For students, it is the answer to their prayers.

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Dreketi Central College student Selina Maraia said they previously had to walk about two kilometers up a hill in order to get internet connectivity for online classes.


“We are blessed not to have to go up the mountain again. We will stay at home and do our online classes at home.

In July and August, FBC News highlighted the plight of these students, some of whom took online classes under the pines and others in a makeshift tent. When it rained, they couldn’t attend classes at all.

This caught the attention of the communications network provider who came up with a solution and after months of talks, Digicel succeeded.

Parent Kalesi Nagataleka says children’s safety was an issue as they walked up the hill – not only their physical safety but also their safety from the dangers of online predators.

Village chief Navitalai Visaki says the facility has also allowed them to connect with loved ones.


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