P.M. signs Manatua Cable deal
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has joined other Pacific leaders to sign the Manatua Cable during a meeting in Auckland.
Tuilaepa signed the deal with Niue’s Premier, Sir Toke Talagi, Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna and the President of French Polynesia, Tagaloa Eduard Fritch.
In Auckland, the Prime Minister was accompanied by the Chairman of the Samoa Submarine Cable Company (S.S.C.C.), Pauli Prince Suhren, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Shem Leo.
The signing of the Manatua Cable sees Samoa take a a step closer to realize her dream of becoming the Pacific Hub for Information Telecommunication Technology.
The Manatua Cable will link Samoa (with onward connections via Tui-Samoa and the Southern Cross cable) and French Polynesia (with onward connections to Honotua Cable), with branches to Niue and the Cook Islands (Rarotonga and Aitutaki), enabling two primary gateways to the global internet for the country.
And the target is by the year 2020, Samoa will be connected to four international fibre optic cables which includes Tui Samoa and the Manatua Cables.
Speaking about the Cable, Tuilaepa commended the Manatua Cable noting that it will further strengthen Samoa’s connection to the Pacific and beyond making it more viable for more business investment in Samoa.