Thursday 31 August 2017

New Medium Wave Radio Facility Covers an Island Nation

AM the most resilient system to severe weather patterns.
Fijians in all islands can now tune in to the recently installed and clearer AM (Medium wave) broadcast on two main radio stations. Through this upgrade Fiji had now achieved a 100 per cent coverage for all outer islands. The new transmission $15 million facility is managed by Fiji Broadcasting Corporation and funded by the government of Japan will air programmes on both Radio Fiji One and Gold stations.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the massive effort to bring high quality education throughout the islands is to have every Fijian child taught accurately and have relevant and up-to date materials.

That is why we are expanding our network of cellular data and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services. By December, we will extend the reach of free to air digital television to all of Fiji using satellites and terrestrial technology to bring a range of programmes to the Fijian communities, he said. The AM radio infrastructure is more resilient to severe weather patterns than FM systems.

Meanwhile, the government of Japan was pleased to announce the completion of the installation of a 60-metre antenna system, two AM radio transmitters funded through Japan’s Grant Aid programme.

Mr Omura said in order to respond swiftly to natural disasters, appropriate transmission of relevant information is crucial. In Fiji, however, one of the most effective means of information transmission, namely medium wave radio transmission has been out of order since 2013.

FBC is also operates six radio stations on FM.

Read the full story in Fiji Sun
Learn more about Fiji Broadcasting Corp.