Since 1990, the digitisation of the telephone network has progressed steadily. The first phase of the Optical Fibre Transmission System was introduced in the Central/Eastern Division. It links the Suva Exchange to Vunikawai Radio Station.
During the same year the Central exchange at Suva was expanded by an additional 1024 lines to meet the ISD demand from the business community.
In 1990, AXE 104 type digital exchanges were co-located alongside the following crossbar electro-mechanical exchanges in order to introduce ISD services to business subscribers.
(i) Ba Exchange (384 lines AXE 104)
(ii) Nausori Exchange (384 lines AXE 104)
The Deuba electromechanical exchange of 400 lines was replaced by an AXE 104 with capacity for 512 lines.
Two new sub stations having capacities of 256 lines and 512 lines were added to Lami and Samabula exchanges to cater for the high demand for the ISD facility.
In December 1990, the only Step-By-Step Strowger system in the network, having a capacity of 4,400 lines and which had served the Suva region for more than 30 years, was phased out.
A total of 2,551 trunks and leased voice circuits existed in the network at the end of 1990. Of this, 2,546 were connected and in service.
In July 1994, a joint venture between FPTL (51%) and Vodafone UK (49%) commenced cellular operations in Fiji as Vodafone (Fiji) Ltd. By mid 1996 customer numbers had reached nearly 3000.