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Internet usage, broadband and telecommunications reports

Internet Usage Statistics:
181,880 Internet users as of June, 2012;
20.6% of the population, according to IWS.


Fiji - officially the Republic of the Fiji Islands - is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean east of Vanuatu, west of Tonga and south of Tuvalu. The country occupies an archipelago of about 322 islands, of which 106 are permanently inhabited, and 522 islets. The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the population.

The British subjugated the islands as a colony in 1874, and the British brought over Indian contract labourers to work on the sugar plantations as the then Governor and also the first governor of Fiji, Arthur Charles Hamilton-Gordon, adopted a policy disallowing the use of native labour and no interference in their culture and way of life.

The British granted Fiji independence in 1970. Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987 because the government was perceived as dominated by the Indo-Fijian (Indian) community. The second 1987 coup saw the British monarchy and the Governor General replaced by a non-executive President.

Fiji, endowed with forest, mineral, and fish resources, is one of the more developed of the Pacific island economies, though still with a large subsistence sector. Natural resources include timber, fish, gold, copper, offshore oil potential, hydropower. Fiji experienced a period of rapid growth in the 1960s and 1970s but stagnated in the 1980s. The coup of 1987 caused further contraction. Economic liberalization in the years following the coup created a boom in the garment industry and a steady growth rate despite growing uncertainty of land tenure in the sugar industry. The expiration of leases for sugar cane farmers (along with reduced farm and factory efficiency) has led to a decline in sugar production despite a subsidized price. Subsidies for sugar have been provided by the EU.

Fiji is highly dependent on tourism for revenue. Sugar processing makes up one-third of industrial activity. Long-term problems include low investment and uncertain property rights. The political turmoil in Fiji has had a severe impact on the economy, which shrank by 2.8% in 2000 and grew by only 1% in 2001. The tourism sector recovered quickly, however, with visitor arrivals reaching pre-coup levels again during 2002, which has since resulted in a modest economic recovery.


Latest Population Estimate:
883,125 population for 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Latest GNI Estimate:
GNI per capita (PPP) estimate is US$ 3,610 for 2011.

Fiji Size (Land Area):
Total size is 18,274 sq km - Population Density is 49 persons per sq km.

Weather in Fiji: Weather in Suva

Travel to Fiji: Tourism in Fifi.

Internet Usage and Population Statistics:

YEAR

Users

Population

% Pen.

GDP p.c.*

Usage Source

2000

7,500

832,777

0.9 %

US$ 2,861

ITU

2012

181,880

883,125

20.6 %

US$ 3,610

IWS

Note: Per Capita GDP in US dollars, source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.



Search Engines and Directories:

Fiji Search Engines

Fiji Open Directory

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Fiji Profile

Fiji in the Wikipedia
History, politics, map, geography, economy,
demography, full information and links.


Fiji in the CIA Factbook
Information about the economy, geography, government,
population, communications, military and transnational issues.


BBC Fiji Profile
Up to date resume about leaders, history, main events,
map, flag, geography, news, politics and media links.

Fiji Government Online Portal
The President and the Government, Embassies, News, Links.

Fiji Telecom Limited
The Vanuatu Telecommunications portal, with useful information.



Fiji Telecommunications Reports

Fiji Telecoms Market Overview and Statistics Report
Relative to many other South Pacific islands Fiji has a fairly reliable and efficient telecom system with access to the Southern Cross submarine cable linking New Zealand, Australia and North America. Fiji’s telecom industry is based around three major monopolies which were protected through exclusivity licences until regulatory changes occurred in 2007 with passing of the government’s Telecommunications Bill which deregulated elements of the country’s telecom sector.

Prior to the bill passing Telecom Fiji had an exclusive licence to provide domestic fixed line voice and data services; Vodafone Fiji was the sole provider of mobile services; and Fintel had a monopoly on international voice and data services. As a result, Fijians were subjected to relatively poor service, high prices and minimal customer care. However Vodafone lost its monopoly status when Digicel Fiji launched its network in 2008. Internet penetration remains relatively low and rural penetration is poor. In 2005 Unwired Fiji launched the country’s first privately-owned broadband wireless network and in 2008 Telecom Fiji completed its NGN upgrade while Vodafone launched the region’s first 3G mobile network. Due to a degree of parliamentary inactivity while the country is temporarily under military rule further reform to telecommunications regulation is unlikely in the short term. Further foreign investment in the domestic market is also likely to be reviewed by multinational firms.
See summary and table of contents


Broadband and Consumer E-Commerce in Fiji

April 2014 Review


e-Commerce is not very developed at the present time in Fiji.



Keep tuned to the Telecommunications Industry Reports. New statistics, figures and updates become available all the time.

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