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Walesi roadshow in Nakasi

A roadshow to provide free Walesi set-top boxes for digital television access is currently happening in Nakasi, Nausori. Walesi Limited which manages the digital TV platform is holding a roadshow at the Tebara Complex in Nakasi, processing applications for underprivileged Fijians. Walesi Acting CEO and Director of the Ministry of Communications, Mr Shivnesh Prasad said […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

August 6, 2016 7:05 am

A roadshow to provide free Walesi set-top boxes for digital television access is currently happening in Nakasi, Nausori.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Walesi Acting CEO and Director of the Ministry of Communications, Mr Shivnesh Prasad during the trial channel launch last week. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Walesi Acting CEO and Director of the Ministry of Communications, Mr Shivnesh Prasad during the trial channel launch last week. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

Walesi Limited which manages the digital TV platform is holding a roadshow at the Tebara Complex in Nakasi, processing applications for underprivileged Fijians.

Walesi Acting CEO and Director of the Ministry of Communications, Mr Shivnesh Prasad said that those who are registered for water and electricity subsidies from the government will be eligible to get a set-top box.

PRASAD: “Those who are currently receiving the FEA and water subsidies they are qualified to receive a Walesi data box and that is a program implemented by Government. If they are already on a subsidy with FEA than they need to bring a copy of their FEA bill and a copy of their voter electronic registration card.”

Walesi Acting CEO and Director of the Ministry of Communications, Mr Shivnesh Prasad during the trial channel launch last week. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
Walesi Acting CEO and Director of the Ministry of Communications, Mr Shivnesh Prasad during the trial channel launch last week. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

“Once they come in, they show that and they will be given a pre-printed voucher where they can take across to one of the authorised retailers and where they can redeem the voucher for a box. “

The Walesi set-top boxes are sold in retail centers in Courts, Vinod Patel and Telecom.

Mr Prasad that people who are not registered under electricity and water subsidies but do qualify can also apply, however, there will be a delay in processing the application.

Mr Prasad added that similar roadshows will be held in other parts of the Lami and Nausori corridor for people who qualify for the free set-top boxes.

The Fiji government today unveiled the digital television platform, ‘Walesi,’ which will start a trial broadcast on Monday and feature five channels.

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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the channel lottery for the Walesi platform. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

Walesi, itaukei for ‘wireless’, is a High Definition television broadcasting platform owned by the Government.

According to PM Bainimarama, consumers would need to purchase a set-top box for $99 to be able to access the new platform.  There would be no monthly access fee.

PM: “To access the Digital Television platform you will need a set-top box which will be available from retailers for a maximum price of $99.95. To ensure that all Fijians access the digital platform the Fijian Government has allocated $2million to provide low-income households with a set top box for free.”

The PM unveiled the five-channel lineup on the platform, which includes a new channel each from FBC and Fiji TV.

The Walesi set-top box and a remote which will on sale soon. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
The Walesi set-top box and a remote which will be on sale soon. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Walesi Acting CEO and Director of the Ministry of Communications, Mr Shivnesh Prasad said they would currently be transmitting between the Suva to Nasinu corridor, before the full service is officially launched for the rest of the country later in the year.

PRASAD: “As with any trial, there could be instances where services will be interupted, services might go offline for a while…but we will obviously try to minimize that. “

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The result of the channel lottery draw. (Peni Shute/Newswire).

A  Ministry of Communications AVC Group’s consultant, Mr Simon Jackson said that Walesi could only be accessed on a UHF antenna.

JACKSON: “Over the next six to twelve months we will be rolling out the service across the entire nation and places where they don’t have any coverage at all will start having television coverage. Technically this is a DVB T2 platform and it is running the latest standards in audio processing which will be coming online with Adobe Digital Plus including things like 5.1 surround sound. It is a large project and it is going to happen really quickly.”

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