Vodafone Fiji announced that it will complete the first round of upgrade of 100 existing 3G base stations to 4G+ & Pre 5G base stations by end of March 2019.
40% of the 3G base stations have already been upgraded to 4G+/Pre 5G and customers are already enjoying improved speeds and coverage in these areas.
Additionally, work has also started on 144 completely new 4G+/Pre 5G base stations for expanded capacity and coverage across Fiji. 50 4G+ / Pre 5G are currently under construction and 20% of the total new base stations should be commissioned by March end. The remaining new 4G+/Pre 5G base stations should go live progressively, said the Operator.
The upgrade is part of the Operator's $207m capital investment in its network infrastructure. 4G plus coverage will be expanded to almost all of Fiji covering estimated 96% of the population from the current 60%. According to Vodafone Fiji, data usage on its network has increased 400% over the last 2 years from 10 Petabyte to 400 Petabyte. (1 Petabyte = 1 x105 bytes).