“It brought a great change for us” were the words of an elated villager in the far-flung village of Nasinu in Navatu district, Cakaudrove.
Such sentiments are common for the Walesi teams who have been visiting remote villages to provide Walesi television services to the communities. Walesi has recently completed its community installation drive in the provinces of Macuata and Cakaudrove whereby Seventy-Eight village community halls were provided with free Walesi installation.
Another villager in the village of Raranibulubulu in Macuata commented, “We will really benefit from this. I know the installation of Walesi will bring unity for us to work together”, while enjoying free television services for the first time.
Walesi’s primary mandate is to provide free-to-air digital television services to all Fijians. It is envisaged that more than 90% of the Fijian population would be covered by Walesi’s terrestrial signal whereby viewers would simply need an UHF antenna and a Walesi set-top box to view Eight free-to-air channels once the deployment of Walesi services is completed. Moreover, 100% of Fiji is covered by satellite based direct-to-home signal which also provides the same Eight free-to-air channels.
Walesi has so far also provided free installations in more than Three hundred remote communities in the provinces of Ba, Bua, Kadavu, Lau, Lomaiviti, Nadroga, Namosi, Ra, Rewa, Rotuma, Tailevu. This service is progressively being extended to other remote communities who have until now been deprived of free-to-air local television services.
Walesi currently provides eight free-to-air local television services which are FBC TV, Fiji One, FBC Sports, Mai TV, Channel 2 , FBC 2, Parliament Channel and Hope Channel. Walesi services are subsidised by the Fijian Government whereby households with less than $30,000 annual income are eligible to receive the Walesi set-top box for free.