Launching the Pacific Data Hub: a one-stop shop

Data and statistics about the Pacific are not easy to find unless you know where to look, or they’re your own. Often they can be fragmented, and tangible results from others’ research, projects or development work are hard to compare. It’s an issue that has long been identified and one that many of us have been working to fix. New Zealand …

Regulator will not allow us to buy Digicel’s operations in Fiji – Lal

Source: Fiji Village Vodafone may consider buying Digicel’s operations in Tonga and Nauru. The Regional Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Fiji, Pradeep Lal says they will consider buying Digicel’s operations in Nauru and Tonga if it brings value for their shareholders however the regulators will not allow them to buy operations in other countries like Fiji to prevent a monopoly. …

Papua New Guinea calling

For over a decade, renegade telecom Digicel has made it their business to connect some of the world’s most remote regions. Now their strategy has left them reliant on maintaining the status quo. The Karawari river valley in Papua New Guinea is not, from a business perspective, an obvious place to build a cell tower. The remote region is home …

Telecommunications giant, Digicel, considers selling Pacific arm

One of the region’s most prominent telecommunications companies is considering selling its Pacific operations. Digicel, which is owned by Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien and headquartered in Jamaica, has confirmed it’s been approached by a number of potential buyers. The heavily debt-laden company’s Pacific operations are estimated to be worth about $2 billion. A Digicel spokesperson confirmed to the Irish Times …

A Personal Story – CHRISTINA KUPER WINI

A Pacific Women in ICT (PICwICT) Feature “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As a child, I was persistently asked this question. It was one of my least favourite questions. Dreaded too, because I felt it placed an uncomfortable pressure on me to respond with the correct answer. The truth being, I (or any child) had …

New diaspora fund to support the next generation of Pacific businesses

Two years after visiting Samoa as part of Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia’s business mission, Bernard Tuaimau in conjunction with the Pacific Business, Sports and Entrepreneurs (PBSE) and PTI Australia, has announced the ‘Pasifika Diaspora Fund’ is set to launch at the start of 2021. The fund will focus on impact investment and developing social enterprises across the Pacific.  The Sydney-based businessman and co-founder of the PBSE Network returned from the business mission to Samoa …

Stories from Solomon Islands at OZeWAI

Women in IT Solomon Islands ladies were recently recently part of an Australian Adaptability Initiaive (OZeWAI) online conference and had this to say about the importance of the internet, the role it plays in society today and the government and telecommunication projects being rolled out particularly the Coral Sea Cable. Alice Aote’e WITSI interim President and IT and GIS coordinator …

e-learning in the Pacific

An e-talanoa report by PICISOC The 3rd e-Talanoa: E-LEARNING IN THE PACIFIC by PICISOC was held on Thursday 19 November 7pm Fiji Time. This was organised by the PICISOC Education SIG and drew on the experiences of four regional e-Learning leaders with more than a total of 50 years of combined e-Learning or ICT for Better Education experience. It was scheduled …

Technical training enhances employment prospects

Fiji TV feature Fiji National University (FNU) graduate Avikash Prasad believes Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) enhances employment opportunities and creates competitiveness in various sectors of the economy. Prasad, who is a Senior Technician – Auto Electrician at Carpenters Motors in Lautoka, is a graduate from the TVET stream programme Certificate IV in Automotive Engineering, which is offered …

Digicel launches mobile wallet “MyCash” in Samoa

Telecommunications company Digicel Samoa has launched a mobile wallet application called “MyCash” which gives Samoans access to digital money.  The announcement of the launching of the new product was confirmed in a statement issued by Digicel on Monday. Digicel says that the new mobile wallet allows customers to send and receive money locally with the transactions not attracting any fees. …