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Over 3000 years ago, the first humans set foot in some of the most remote areas of our world, such as the tropical archipelago of Fiji.

Evidence suggests that these early settlers left from the Solomon islands and crossed more than 2,000 miles of open ocean to reach Fiji with the wind at their backs, experts in navigation at a time when human beings had yet to even master iron.

While humans have populated these islands for thousands of years, of the 322 islands and 540 islets scattered over about 1,000,000 square miles, only 102 are inhabited by less than a million people in 2018. The majority are on Vanua Levu and Viti Levu, the latter home to the capital Suva.

Its population is as diverse and vibrant as its islands, home to Melanesians, East Indians, Polynesians, Micronesians, Chinese and Europeans; each with their own unique island cultures and cuisines that have moved on from its rumoured cannibal past.

Despite its small population, Fiji is an important economic hub in the region, being the second-biggest economy in the vastness of the Pacific, after Papua New Guinea.

As an upper-middle income country more developed than its peers, it has helped lead the way for the rest of the region, while remaining a tourist draw card and attracting new investment to diversify its own economy and reduce reliance on its agricultural sector.

It’s not just tourism that the government are supporting to reduce reliance on sugar cane and fishing. They are looking to the world of technology and film.

From major motion pictures like Castaway and “Adrift” to the long running Survivor TV series, creators are flocking there to capture its beautiful scenery. In 2017 alone, 74 movies were filmed in Fiji.

Much of Fiji is still accessible only by boat or helicopter. In order to facilitate and support the continued growth of the archipelago as a hub for the South Pacific economy, the government is investing heavily into supporting its key industries, and the supporting technologies and infrastructure.

It’s all become possible with the power of digital transformation. Huawei arrived in Fiji over 16 years ago to help connect many parts of the archipelago with cell network technology, providing the population with high-speed digital connectivity. This new connectivity, communication and information infrastructure has helped to drive Fiji’s economy and international trade. Today, Fiji is poised to become an ICT hub for the South Pacific.

 

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