Two more communities in Malaita will now access mobile phone use following the launch of towers within their areas, Thursday.
Our Telekom switched on its towers at Rota and Upeni in South Malaita to complete 14 towers it had been building in Malaita since last year.
“This is a major leap for Telekom in its efforts to connect our rural communities to modern technology,” public relations officer Lawrence Nodua told the Sunday Star.
He said the towers will ease communications within the two communities, enabling them to stay in touch with loved ones in Honiara and other parts of the country.
The towers were part of Telekom’s rural communications roll out to connect the entire nation.
“As you know, previously only those in Honiara benefited from the use of mobile phones.
“Telekom’s aim is to take its service to the people so that everyone benefits.”
Nodua said the towers only allow people to use mobile phones but not the internet.
“Internet is important in this day and age but we appeal to our rural communities to be patient. Telekom has plans in place to build 3G towers in the provinces.”
He said 3G towers will enable people to use internet and other telecommunication services.
Nodua said survey for possible sites for their 3G towers is underway.
Chief Peter Ramoroai of Upeni said they were happy that they can now stay in touch with relatives and families in Honiara and elsewhere.
“Thank you Telekom,” he said