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. …

Westpac sells Pacific businesses to Kina Securities

Westpac Group has today announced the sale of its Pacific businesses – Westpac Fiji and Westpac’s 89.91% stake in Westpac Bank PNG Limited – to Kina Securities Limited (ASX:KSL) (Kina Bank) for up to AUD$420 million. As part of the sale agreement, Kina Bank has committed to jobs for all local employees, and to maintaining the current Westpac network as …

Digicel Fiji launches MyCash

Digicel has today launched MyCash, a mobile wallet that gives Fijians access to digital money. The new mobile wallet allows customers to send and receive money at no fees locally, receive money from abroad, make payments via QR codes, and pay bills, all from the comfort and safety of their phone anywhere they are. Digicel says people can top up …

Interview – Cherie Lagakali, GFCE Pacific Liaison

Written by: GFCE Secretariat Source: The Global Cyber Expertise Magazine Issue 8 In October 2020 the GFCE appointed Cherie Lagakali as its first regional Pacific Liaison, to lead the scoping and design of a new GFCE Pacific Hub. Cherie’s appointment follows the outcomes of the GFCE’s first regional Pacific meeting, held in Melbourne in February 2020. This regional meeting identified …

Digital Pasifik

Digital Pasifik was launched earlier this week at National Library Te Puna Matāuranga o Aotearoa, hosted by the Australian High Commission. Digital Pasifik is a virtual museum that has opened the doors to the richness and diversity of Pacific culture. The launch was celebrated the Pacific Way with talanoa, food and dance. Hon Jan Tinetti and Hon Poto Williams from …

Pacific Leadership in Internet Governance

Written by Maureen Hilyard Board members of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC): 2018–2020 COVID-19 created great upheaval globally but throughout and continuing, the Pacific continues to demonstrate the resiliency that has developed over years of overcoming the many natural disasters that are a constant for the many island communities within the region. One particular IT organisation …

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The commitment that led to Coral Sea Cable Repeater ‘R1219’

Blog write-up by Suzanne Moli Orudiana Out there in the deep blue ocean, with it’s location pointed by the red pointer in the first picture, lies repeater “R1219″. Repeater “R1219” has been named “Suzanne Moli Orudiana”. I dedicate this repeater to my Dad, Mr. Reuben Moli, and Father-in law, Fr. Peter Noel Orudiana. Without their support, I would not have …