By MELA KATONIVUALIKU Photos by JOHN MITCHELL UNDER the scorching sun or heavy down pour this group of men and women can be seen digging along the roadside between Naiyala and Nayavu in the Wainibuka area. You may have driven past them in a Sunbeam Express bus or a car while travelling along the Kings Road and taken their activities for granted. maiLife team took time out from the office to find out just what they were doing and experience firsthand what their hard work involves. Technology has decidedly changed and shaped the world we live in today. People yearn for the latest Iphone or Samsung phones, gadgets and devices so they can video call, skype or viber their friends and loved ones near and far. But how are all these devices and gadgets, which rely mostly on internet and wifi connections, able to operate in our tiny island nation with such isolated centres of population? At least part of the answer lies with the nine member team from Telecom Fiji Limited (TFL) busy digging by the roadside. They are placing fibre optic cables that will bring the next generation high speed broadband network closer to people’s homes and businesses. Headed by TFL’s Fibre Optics Project team leader, Mr Joeli Dakai, the team has to leave their families behind for up to three weeks at a time to live at Nasautoka Village in Wainibuka. This is so they can properly carry out the fibre optics project designed to give people access to better information and communication services.
Men at work…..TFL workers at their Nasautoka work site
The six-member TFL team take a break from laying fibre optic cables along the Kings Road.