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SUVA. Fiji (Fiji Times, April 11) – The Kadavu Provincial Council in Fiji has called for improvement to the island's communications service.

[Kadavu is an island south of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu.]

Council chairman Ratu Josateki Nawalowalo said the present service, provided by Telecom Fiji, is inefficient.

"We are calling on the Government to open other markets so we can get proper service. The present service provided is only for money making," said Ratu Josateki.

He said most villages and settlements on the island had access to ground telephone but were facing difficulties with the new satellite connection which he said worked only some time.

Villages facing difficulties have to travel to the government station at Vunisea to make a call or use the fax machine.

When contacted yesterday, Telecom manager corporate communications Salote Uluinaceva said the satellite service was not working as expected.

"We are fast-tracking specialist training to be able to do troubleshooting work to improve our service with VTSat, which we agree leaves a lot to be desired. VTSat customers will experience intermittent disruption."

Ms Uluinaceva is asking VTSat customers to bear with them.

April 11, 2005

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