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Vodafone to provide internet to USP, NUV, SOE

DG Iati and Vodafone CEO Lutchmoodoo during the agreement signing. Photo: MOET

Vodafone now replaces Interchange Ltd in providing internet connectivity to the University of the South Pacific (USP), National University of Vanuatu (NUV) and the School of Education (SOE).

An agreement has recently been signed between the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and the Vodafone Ltd to formalise this.

Vodafone will be providing internet connectivity to these tertiary institutions for a period of five months at VT9.8 million.

Interchange Ltd has assured connectivity via the interchange sub-sea cable to the institutions until its contract lapsed early this year.

Vodafone has provided an attractive offer to the MOET to ensure internet connectivity for these institutions, via sub-sea cable and as well as a backup satellite dish in cases of connectivity issues.

The purpose of the agreement is also to expand the connectivity to nearby schools, making use of low cost of connectivity.

Vodafone Chief Executive Officer, Barlen Lutchmoodoo, has assured the MOET that what they will provide, is more competitive and attractive in terms of finance, emergency, and is materially fully equipped.

He said that they will use the sub-sea cable to run the connectivity, and if the country is facing other challenges, Vodafone is equipped with the satellite dish to supplement the sub-sea cable.

Director General of the MOET, Iati Bergmans, acknowledged Vodafone for the internet services they will provide to all concerned institutions.

He said the Ministry looks forward to future collaborations, especially in providing internet access for remote schools.