Our reporter asked members of the public if they were aware of the Tui Samoa Cable which recently reached our shores. According to the Government of Samoa website, Samoa’s new Tui-Samoa Cable will span more than 1,470 km, connecting Samoa to Fiji with branching units to Wallis & Futuna and Vanua Levu, Fiji, enhancing fast, reliable and affordable internet services across the region. We also asked people why it is important and what it means to the people in Samoa.
Alfred Mosile, Vaoala.
I am not aware of the Tui Samoa Cable but I know one thing, we need the internet. That way I am able to communicate with my loved ones overseas. Even though I cannot see them but it feels like they are living close by because you get to know everything that they are doing and you also get to see them. You can use Facebook to video call and send them messages too.
Koneferenisi Talatau 54, Iva Savaii
Tui Samoa Cable is important for many reasons. In my own opinion nowadays we rely on the internet to communicate with our relatives overseas. I support the Tui Samoa Cable and I am happy that we have taken a step further in terms of development and teamed up with other Pacific Islands. No development is built by walking backwards, we must always walk ahead.
Kaiona Lam Ah Ching 43, Satuimalelufilufi
When I think of the Tui Samoa Cable I think of the word internet. Having internet is very important; it makes communication much easier. I may not know how to operate all these new apps that we have on our phones but my wife is really good at it. She shows me how everything online is operated. The biggest advantage of this cable here in Samoa, in my own opinion, is that I will be able to communicate with my friends and families overseas.
Ugapo Usoalii, 50, Lepea
The Tui Samoa Cable shows that our country is slowly developing. I am happy and I do support the government on this initiative because it will benefit the people of Samoa. Back in the days we always write letters to communicate with each other and it usually takes a while before it reaches its destination. Technology has a huge impact on Samoa. It is also important because it helps our children in terms of their education; it makes it easier for our children to do their school work.
Vavao Seleni, 20, Vaitele Fou
I think the Tui Samoa Cable is important. For me as a tertiary student, we have many assignments so I tend to rely a lot on the internet. It gives me helpful information that has to do with my school work. Having the Tui Samoa cable saves a lot of time and not only that, it gives me the opportunity to keep in contact with my friends who have left the country to study or work overseas. In this world that we now live in, technology is what makes everything in life easier and I know that it is the same idea behind the Tui Samoa Cable.