ASN completes final splice on Tui-Samoa cable

03 January 2018 | James Pearce

The Samoa Submarine Cable Company (SSCC) and Alcatel Submarine Network (ASN) have completed the marine installation of the Tui-Samoa subsea cable system.

The cable connects the islands of Samoa, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna, providing advanced broadband service on a route spanning more than 1,470km.

Fiji International Telecommunications Ltd (FINTEL) chief executive officer George Samisoni said the company completed work in Savusvau on 16 December, 2017, with the cable landing at its substation in Vatuwaqa, Suva.

"Vanua Levu will enjoy the same standard of information and communication technology (ICT) access and services as Viti Levu," he said."Reduction in ICT costs and increase in ICT services means more accessible and reliable broadband bandwidth which will be available for northerners soon.

"The cable system will initially provide 100 times more bandwidth then current radio system through the domestic carriers — Vodafone, Telecom Fiji Ltd and Digicel."

Tui-Samoa Cable will have landing points in Apia and Tuasivi (Samoa) and Suva (Fiji). It will deliver a capacity of at least 8 Terabits-per-second (Tbit/s) using 100 Gbit/s transmission technology, ASN said.

Samoan minister of communications and information technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, said the milestone re-enforces Samoa’s commitment to broadband connectivity, according to local reports.

 "This is a significant milestone for our Samoa Connectivity Project, which has been possible with the enormous support and commitment of multiple development partners and by Alcatel Submarine Networks," he said. 

"This reinforces the Government of Samoa’s commitment to universal access and high speed broadband connectivity for all our people."

Topics: ASN, SSCC, Samoa, Fiji, subsea cable, Tui-Samoa