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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.

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