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Telecom Niue, is Niue’s main telecommunications company, and has offered a work support scheme that will hire local Niueans who have become unemployed because of COVID-19.
Niue’s newest fibre cable network was made possible by the landing of the Manatua cable which is the first to connect Niue and the Cook Islands. The Manatua cable will transform speed, capacity, and resilience for business and Government agencies across Niue.
Niue, like many Pacific Island states, is almost wholly dependent on the tourism sector to provide employment and revenue. While Niue has remained free of COVID-19, the closure of the borders for non-Niuean residents has had a devastating impact on the island and the livelihood of many Niueans who have lost employment because of the pandemic crisis.
Telecom Niue’s Technical Manager, Roy Pavihi says that the company decided on an innovative solution that would help provide support and benefit who have been impacted by COVID-19 through loss of work or who have been temporarily let go until the tourism sector becomes more stable for them to return to work.
“As one of Niue’s major utilities, Telecom Niue has several projects underway to help improve the critical telecommunications infrastructure on the island. One such project underway across Niue, is the roll out and implementation of a second high-speed fibre network. This project has been re-directed to allow Niuean people who have become affected by COVID-19 pandemic to be part of building Niue’s future,” says Pavihi. Local Niueans, have the opportunity to come work with Telecom Niue to be trained and assist in the installation of the second fibre network.
Pavihi says utilising some of the project funds to recruit unemployed workers has created new opportunities for our local Niuean people and has meant little to no disruption to the progress of the second fibre network roll out.
“Telecom Niue realised we could make a big difference to the people of Niue by providing a work support scheme over an initial 2 – 3-month period while the island prepares for economic recovery and an eventual re-opening of the borders to non Niueans. It gives many local Niueans the vital support they need to get through this difficult period but it also means we can continue to deliver on the roll out of the telecommunications upgrades as planned.”
“We have a robust process in place to ensure that the funds we provide are allocated to those who have lost work because of COVID-19 and who are engaged to be trained, learn new skills and work on the laying of the new fibre network around the island.”
“It is a ‘win win’ situation for the people of Niue and Telecom Niue as this work scheme has provided significant support to keep our island alive as well as allowing for the roll out of the latest, world -class telecommunications infrastructure which will deliver ongoing benefits for everyone for decades to come,” said Pavihi.
SOURCE: NIUE TELECOM/PACNEWS
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