Satellite really opens up opportunities for people living in scarcely populated territories, where traditional terrestrial networks are too expensive to deliver. Combining satellite distribution with terrestrial networks, nations can meet their universal service commitments to reach 100% of the population.
In Fiji, digital free-to-air television is provided via a Direct-To-Home (DTH) platform that can serve even the remotest rural and maritime areas. Just by installing a simple satellite dish and the Walesi set-top box, any Fijian home can watch national television in sharp, clear digital quality. And, families on low income will not be excluded as they can obtain their decoder for free, ensuring a universally-available service.
One of the eight national channels is specifically for educational and public service broadcasting purposes to give Fijians, especially youths the same access to knowledge as those living in urban areas. So, providing news and entertainment is not the only aim, television also brings cohesion and common culture.