By Telecompaper

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 25 million grant for the deployment of a submarine cable between Samoa and Fiji. The cable system will be operated by newly established locally-owned SamoaSubmarine Cable Company (SSCC). The total project cost is estimated to reach USD 57.4 million. The cable will span 1,300 km and link Samoa’s largest islands of Upolu and Savai’i to the Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN) in Suva, Fiji. The deployment is scheduled for completion by March 2017.

ADB’s grant will be complemented by co-financing of USD 16 million from the World Bank and USD 1.5 million from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with SSCC providing USD 8.18 million in equity. The government of Samoa will cover taxes and duties of USD 6.73 million.

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