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WiMAX Network Launched in Nauru

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The Pacific island nation of Nauru has gained a WiMAX network, offering 98% population coverage. The Government of Nauru, which has partnered with Digicel on the project, sees the launch of DigiNet as a major step forward in the country's infrastructure and central to its National Sustainable Development Strategy and achieving its Millennium Goals.

Government Departments will be among the first to adopt the system with plans in place for schools, hospitals and other Government Offices to connect.

The small island republic has a population of just over 10,000, of whom 50% are under 20 years of age.

Vanessa Slowey, Digicel Pacific CEO, said, "The launch of Digicel GSM services here in Nauru in September 2009 saw the country take huge strides in terms of its communications and connectivity. Today's launch of DigiNet broadband takes that progress to another level making Nauru's communications infrastructure among the best in the Pacific region. Recent research from CESifo* suggests that a 10% increase in broadband penetration can help to raise annual per capita GDP growth by 0.9 to 1.5 percentage points. With DigiNet broadband, we are making wireless broadband internet an easy-to-access, affordable reality and empowering Nauruan people to get the best out of the internet - whenever and however they want it.

The launch of "DigiNet" service will bring the total investment in Nauru's telecoms infrastructure to USD3 million. In 2009, in partnership with the Government, Digicel introduced GSM mobile phone services to the island for the first time, which saw access to telecommunications jump from around 100 landlines to 6,000 Nauruans owning and using mobile phones.

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