About Us

Overview

The Department of Communication was established by Government in 1990 to be responsible for providing the necessary administrative support to the Minister responsible for Posts and Telecommunications.

A restructure in the sector in 1990 in the corporatization of the Department of Posts and Telecommunications had necessitated the separation of the operational aspects of Posts and Telecommunications from the regulatory aspects

The outcome of the restructure was the establishment of Fiji Posts and Telecommunications Limited (FPTL) to operate as a Government-owned commercial entity, whilst the regulatory functions for these industries remained with Government.

Functions of the Department


  • The core responsibility of the department is centered on providing support services to the Minister responsible for Telecommunications.
  • Support services provided by the Department of Communications relates to the duties and responsibilities of the Minister that are prescribed under the relevant provisions on matters concerning Posts and Telecommunications and the Television Decree 1992 for Television matters.
  • It is also the duty of the Minister to promote the interests of consumers, investors and other users in relation to the prices for the quality and variety of telecommunication services provided
  • To maintain and promote effective competition between persons engaged in commercial activities connected with telecommunications.
  • Unit advises the minister for communications on regulatory matters.
  • High level talks on these matters are handled by the director of communications.
 

The unit ensures that:

  • Telecommunication standards & performance, conforms to the ITU regulations.
  • Build and design standards based on existing infrastructure which conforms to the ITU regulations.
  • Adoption of Australia and New Zealand standards.
  • Proper registration and management of frequencies.
  • Ensure that radio usage concurs with national and international regulations.
  • Type approval assignment of imported communication equipments.
  • Ensuring the upholding of the posts & telecommunications decree and act requirements.
  • Holding talks with standards Fiji regarding setting of standards.
  • Issuance of call signs for maritime and amateur radios.
  • In formulating a national vision for the ICT industry, Government recognizes that there is potential for more development and growth in ICT and knowledge-based industries.
  • Government has therefore commissioned the preparation of a comprehensive national ICT strategy in view of this. Government also notes the outcomes that will emanate from the activities of the Fiji Audio Visual Commission as an added dimension to this scenario.
  • The existing telecommunications infrastructure contains the major basic requirements to migrate our communities and people towards becoming an information society.
  • Fiji is an integral component of a state of the art international fibre optic network the Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN) that provides direct connectivity with Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America. An alternate route for international connections is provided via the Intelsat Pacific Ocean Regional (POR) satellite.