Fiji unveils digital TV project

Rebecca Hawkes
| 05 August 2014

A national digital television platform has been announced by Fiji's Prime Minister to herald the country's conversion to digital broadcasting.

The new platform will enable TV broadcasts to cover a far greater proportion of the population (94% at launch), as well as offering improved sound and vision, better reception, more channels and access to high definition (HD) and pay-per-view programming.

Fiji's Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, announced the plans during the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC).

The Department of Communications will oversee the creation of the government-owned national platform. Once complete, the platform will be handed over to FBC to manage and the corporation will form a new transmission company for this purpose, he said.

"Broadcasters will then lease one or multiple digital channels for fixed annual fees. The system will be completely transparent and the cost to lease channels will be the same for all broadcasters, including FBC," said Bainimarama.

"The fixed fees will replace the need for ongoing investment in new equipment and infrastructure, as well as costs for repair and maintenance. This means that broadcasters will be free to focus on providing content and leave all the work related to transmission to the platform manager," he added.