Samoa has joined the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (C.T.O.) as Full Member Country.
The country’s decision was conveyed to Secretary-General Shola Taylor earlier this month by the country’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i.
In recent years, Samoa increased its efforts to integrate I.C.Ts in its socio-economic development.
Its internet penetration has grown nearly five folds to 30 percent over the past ten years.
However, fixed broadband access remains a key challenge at a much lower two percent.
But the country remains committed to affordable, reliable and secure communications services for all Samoans and sees its membership of the C.T.O. as one means to achieve this goal.
Full Member Countries are Commonwealth countries that make an annual financial contribution to the C.T.O.