Telecom Vanuatu Launches 3G Mobile Phone Services

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Company plans to continue expanding services to islands

By Anita Roberts

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Jan. 16, 2013) – Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) yesterday launched its Mobile Internet 3G+ Service.

It was in the commercial area of Telecom House in Port Vila that the Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Gerome Guicherd broke the news: "TVL 3G+ (plus) is now available in Port Vila and Luganville!"

This announcement was made in front of invited guests from the ICT Policy Unit under the PM’s Office, the French Embassy, TVL staff and others during the conference that eleven minutes after midnight (yesterday) those who have TVL Mobile Phones with 3G+ internet in Port Vila and Luganville could be able to access the web – Facebook, Google, email and everything the internet offers – and could also make video calls.

After the official inauguration of the new 3G+ display inside the Telecom House, two officials tried the first TVL 3G+ video call in Vanuatu.

Guicherd said this 3G+ launch was in preparation for quite a long time since TVL wanted the customer journey to be the easiest and most user-friendly. TVL’s new 3G+ Internet prepaid option is a 20MB, valid 7 days for only Vt250 [US$20.17].

Following the launch, this would contribute to education as it allows for a quicker and easier access to information, especially for the students. In health, Guicherd said in times when a child is sick video calls allow for visual communication between parents and child as when being in the care of a doctor at hospitals.

TVL also launched its new ‘Back To School Campaign’ and a new website yesterday.

As the first telecommunication provider, it is TVL’s responsibility to bring communication everywhere in Vanuatu. Its latest network openings were on Futuna and Erromango and now people there can connect to Internet with TVL Mobile Internet Service.

This year the company assures it will be committed to its customers by expanding its network. Guicherd announced two new sites would be opened on West and East Tanna very soon.

Representatives from the ICT Policy Unit under the Office of PM, who have always been encouraging for ICT Development and "internet for all" in Vanuatu, congratulated the company and wished TVL and its customers the best of success in the future.

The launching was later celebrated with a parade through town, followed by numerous people dancing from Telecom to Market House in a flash mob style.

Guicherd then declared that 2012 had been a very busy year for the company with the launch of TVL Mobile Internet service.

He thanked all the staff for their dedication and reminded that TVL is offering a cheaper internet (with new decreased prices) via ADSL, Wimax and optical fiber, as well as on mobile phones with Mobile Internet. Mr. Guicherd added that this service is available in most of Vanuatu islands, wherever there is TVL coverage.

TRR unveil the TVL 3G+ display yesterday.

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