High-Speed Broadband Goes Live In Samoa
February 9, 2018
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank Group, and the Government of Australia joined the Government of Samoa to celebrate the arrival of high-speed internet in the country at a ceremony at the TATTE Convention Centre Friday.
Apia, Samoa – infoZine – The project is supported by grants from ADB, the World Bank, and the governments of Australia and Samoa. ADB provided $25 million, the World Bank contributed $16 million, the Samoa Submarine Cable Company provided $8.18 million in equity, the Government Samoa covered taxes and duties worth $6.73 million, and the Government of Australia provided $1.5 million.
The new 1,300-kilometer system links the country’s largest islands, Upolu and Savai’i, to the Southern Cross Cable Network in Suva, Fiji, and to the Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands via a spur.
The project will enhance low-cost broadband services to Samoa, strengthen the regulatory and legal environment for information and communication technology (ICT), and facilitate e-health investment in Samoa.
“The stability, security and prosperity of the Pacific is one of our highest foreign policy priorities, which is why Australia is working to bring high-speed telecommunications to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands,” said Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop. “The Tui-Samoa submarine cable will allow Samoan businesses to access new opportunities in the world market and will see substantial economic and development benefits flow to the Samoan economy.”