Niue’s villages are the focus of Internet Niue’s current sponsorship programme. The IUSN Foundation that funds Internet Niue presents a $500 grant to each village council at the village’s annual show day. Foundation chief executive Per Darnell says the wifi service is free to villagers, but transmitters are normally hosted on land or buildings under … Read more …
Internet Niue and its service provider RockET Systems have been speaking up in international forums on behalf of internet users in Niue and the wider Pacific. RockET director Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui says it’s important that the global internet community is constantly reminded of the internet access issues faced by small Pacific Islands. “Satellite connections such as … Read more …
Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui, director of Internet Niue’s service provider RockET Systems Limited, has been elected to the board of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the world-wide Internet Society (PICISOC). He will also serve as PICISOC secretary for two years. The chapter, which represents the interests of Oceania-Pacific internet users, seeks to provide impartial and relevant advice … Read more …
Because it has free internet, Niue has the highest level of internet penetration per head of population in the Pacific.
According to independent research by Budde Consultancy, free internet access is available to 65% of Niuean households, compared with 2% in Papua New Guinea, 8% in Vanuatu, 12% in Fiji, 26% in Palau, 30% in the Cook Islands and 61% in Guam.
The country’s only ISP, Internet Niue, set up the world’s first free nationwide WiFi Internet access service in 2003 and is continuing to expand the service. WiFi access in Niue is currently available in Alofi, Avatele, Hakupu, Liku, Lakepa, Makefu, Mutalau and Tuapa.
Connections to three remaining villages will be completed in early 2011.
The satellite bandwidth was increased from just 1Mb/s to 4Mb/s in early 2010. An additional 2Mb/s satellite service for backup and increased bandwidth is currently being installed.