ICT Development

National Broadband Action Plan

The Action Plan below is part of the National Broadband Policy and covers the period from 2011 to 2016. The opportunities and requirements associated with broadband for most of that period are emerging and changing rapidly. The Government‟s approach is therefore flexible to exploit new developments that cannot be identified with certainty. However, some action items which are apparent and can be achieved within definite timeframes, have target dates assigned to them accordingly.
Implementation focus is targeted on key achievements and on projects that will have lead-application and inspirational value in Fijian economy and society. This does not mean that other projects that are being considered should lapse, or that other useful applications should not be progressed in the early years of the Plan.

The Government has taken a deliberate view that it is better to seek to focus on a smaller number of important projects and ensure that they are completed effectively and on time than to have a long list of desirable outcomes in the Policy that may well exceed the management and financial capabilities of the parties involved.

1. Individual Access

Examine ways in which availability and affordability of broadband can be enhanced through the removal of any unnecessary regulatory constraints and financial imposts. In particular TAF should examine whether credits might feasibly be given in the USO framework for new broadband investments and how such a scheme, if feasible, might work.

2. Community Access

Broadband services to be available to all communities of over 250 people. (Wherever possible these services shall be provided at download speeds of at least 2 Mbps from the outset.)
  1. Document current availability by capacity, area and community in Fiji
  2. Develop detailed programmes for extension of service availability as part of the Universal Service Programme including for implementation in 2012
  3. Develop progressive targets for each year to 2016

3. Individual Access

Determine targets for significant achievement towards 95% of the people of Fiji having access to broadband of 2 Mbps or more.

4. Affordability

An initial level broadband service to be available to all at an affordable price. Definition by TAF as part of USO scheme in conjunction with Ministry and all other stakeholders. 256 kbps download considered to be basic, pending such consideration.
  1. Reduce costs of internet access by establishing a Fiji Internet Exchange (FIX) in Fiji for the exchange locally of internet traffic much of which might otherwise require conveyance overseas
  2. Verify current information on fixed and mobile broadband penetration in Fiji and develop detailed data base of penetration by customer type, capacity and price.
  3. Determine affordability parameters that affect penetration of entry level broadband services in Fiji
  4. Examine public support that may be required to ensure that entry level broadband is affordable to 90% of adult Fijians and develop programmes for delivery of such support

5. Community Access

All communities in Fiji with broadband availability to have option to establish a Community Broadband Centre (CBC) subject to the rules to be developed by the Ministry
  1. Establish at least two CBCs on a model basis in 2011
  2. Develop standard specification of the terms and conditions and of the business model for viability for CBCs
  3. Establish at least a further 20 CBCs in 2012, based on the proven model from the trial installations

6. Broadband Penetration

Expected broadband penetration of 50% of population by 2016: Progressive achievement will be an outcome that depends on other inputs, including affordability, availability and leadership in usage and transactions by Government.

7. School Access

All secondary schools to have broadband access and 50% of primary schools to have broadband access.

8. Transactions with Government

Coordinated examination with each Ministry of relevant transactions and development of a programme for implementation with ICT Unit, Ministry of Communications (coordination), with each Ministry and agency responsible for its own program– by end Q2 2012.
Significant progress with initial transactions.

9. Lead Applications in Government Programs

Additional to the above, Government to develop a range of lead applications for delivery of new, enhanced or extended services online using broadband in Health, Education, Tourism and production specifically:
  1. 100% of major hospitals and 50% of secondary hospitals to be connected to broadband for remote diagnostic and supervisory support
  2. 50% of all field medical centres in communities that are to have broadband available to be connected to broadband
  3. 25% of all primary teachers to receive training in broadband applications and use of broadband enhanced resources in the classroom
  4. Detailed plan for specific secondary and tertiary curricula to be deliverable using multimedia online to augment syllabus in schools without subject- qualified teachers
  5. Tourism planning and information on broadband availability for tourists and tourist organisations
  6. Develop detailed plans for lead applications in agriculture and fisheries