Uafato gets cell service after twenty years

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HELLO: Minister Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau makes the first call.

HELLO: Minister Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau makes the first call.

For the past 20 years, people living in the areas of Uafato have had no access to mobile services.  

In order to make a phone call, they need to walk a fair distance to find a spot with cellular reception.  

All that changed yesterday, when Bluesky opened its new cell site in Uafato, which will serve those living in the area. 

The opening, which was attended by the Minister of Telecommunications, Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau, Member of Parliament for Vaa o Fonoti, Ti’alavea Seigafolava Hunt, C.E.O of M.C.I.T, Tuaimalo Asamu Ah Sam, Bluesky C.C.O, Sanjeewa Perera, management and staff of Bluesky, as well as the people living around the Uafato area, marked a significant milestone in the history of telecommunications in Samoa. 

 “This site came at no small cost to Bluesky, but we believe they are far outweighed by the benefits it will bring in the long run,” Tuisugaletaua said. 

“In late October last year, we opened a new cell site which now connects those living in the villages of Sauano and Saletele, areas which had no access to mobile services, and we are very extending our mobile coverage in Fagaloa to connect those living in Uafato. 

“On behalf of the Government and also the people of Uafato, I would like to thank the management and staff of Bluesky for thinking about the people who live in this remote part of the country, and for making telecommunications accessible and easier for them.”

The Uafato site is the continuation of a project which Bluesky has undertaken, which will also cover other rural areas of the country that are currently without access to mobile services.

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