Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) has consolidated its position as the largest and fastest telecommunications network provider in Vanuatu with the launch of its 4G+ mobile network at the Warwick Le Lagon Resort in Port Vila Tuesday 21st November evening.

The Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, joined the Chief Executive Officer of TVL, Divik Deo, to launch the 4G+ network in front of around 500 invited guests from both the public and the private sector in the country.

The TVL CEO said in his speech at the ceremony with the theme: ‘Touch the Future’ that: “It is exactly eight months to the day when TVL was acquired by Amalgamated Telecommunications Holding Limited (ATH). In doing so it has sent a very strong show of confidence when it invested in the telecommunications sector in Vanuatu.

“Following that a decision was made by the Board of TVL to invest $US10 million (Vt1 billion) to bring the world leading 4G+ mobile telecommunications technology to the people of Vanuatu.

“This technology is faster than its predecessors and is capable of download speeds of up to 150 megabits per second,” said Mr. Deo.

“Tonight TVL launches Vanuatu’s largest and fastest network, which will be commercially available to the people of Vanuatu from tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.

“From Wednesday morning, the people of Vanuatu will join millions of people across the world who are already online on 4G+ and millions more in the years to come.

“Access to information and communication technology has transformed and will continue to transform people’s lives.

“This is the information age and we are witnessing the immense impact that information and communication technology is having on social development and economic growth.

“With the convergence of telecommunications, computing and broadcasting, mobile technology will increasingly become the focal point of our lives.”

From its beginning in 1978, TVL’s technology has evolved from 2G to 3G and now to 4G+. The initial rollout in the 4G+ network will cover Efate, Greater Santo and Malo, Tanna, Malekula, and central parts of Pentecost -approximately 40 to 45 per cent of the population.

Every segment of the customer base, from small to large organizations, individuals to households, stands to gain from faster speeds offered through TVL’s 4G+ network.

TVL CEO said this development could not be possible without the support of many and he expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the Government with enlightened policies. In particular, he thanked the Prime Minister, MOIA, MFEM, MIPU, OGCIO, and TRR.

He thanked his staff who he said have done an exceptional job in delivering the state of the art 4G+ mobile network to their customers in eight months since TVL was acquired by ATH.

“Special thanks to the team from Vodafone Fiji who have been with us throughout this journey to make this dream a reality.

“Our endeavor is a noble one, to bring high speed mobile technology to the people of Vanuatu. Today we announce that we are 4G+ ready. No longer do we have to wait for the future, the future is here!” said Mr Deo.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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