Spanning more than 1,470 km, the Tui-Samoa system is set to strengthen Samoa’s domestic and international communication capabilities
The Samoa Submarine Cable Company Limited (S.S.C.C.) and Alcatel Submarine Networks (A.S.N.), part of Nokia, have landed on Monday the Tui-Samoa Cable in Apia and on its way to land in Savai’i.
The system is set to contribute to Samoa’s economic and social development by encouraging I.C.T. innovation in education, commerce, agriculture, finance, health, tourism and E-government.
The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Lepuia’i Tupai, hailed the arrival of the Cable as a major milestone for Samoa.
“This is a major milestone for the Samoa Connectivity Project and we would like to thank our partners - the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the Australian Government – for working closely together with local Samoan investors and for making this possible,” he said.
The Chairperson of S.S.C.C, Lei’ataua Alden Godinet, is equally excited.
“Our aim is to deliver fast, reliable and affordable internet services that can improve Samoans’ lives, through access to a high quality connectivity infrastructure that can spur Samoa’s I.C.T. growth,” he said.
“This landing is a key achievement in our vision to provide our end-users and partners a dramatically increased bandwidth at the lowest cost.”
Philippe Piron, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “Alcatel submarine Networks continued need for broadband access is driving new projects in the Asia-Pacific region.
“We are pleased to work with S.S.C.C. helping them enhance broadband capacity and connectivity for the Pacific people, institutions and businesses by making our expertise and knowledge of the Pacific area available.”
Operations were carried out by the Ile de Ré cable ship which is a 143 mt long cable ship capable of loading up to 6,000 km of cables and provided with state-of the art equipment for cable laying and maintenance.