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
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."