Tui-Samoa submarine network lands in Apia, enhancing broadband connectivity across the Pacific islands
Spanning more than 1,470 km, the Tui-Samoa system is set to strengthen Samoa’s domestic and international communication capabilities
Apia, Samoa, November 01, 2017 – Samoa Submarine Cable Company Limited (SSCC) and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part of Nokia, have landed on Monday the Tui-Samoa Cable in Apia and on its way to land in Savaii. The system is set to contribute to Samoa’s economic and social development by encouraging ICT innovation in education, commerce, agriculture, finance, health, tourism and E-government.
Honourable Minister Afamasaga Lepuia’i Rico Tupai, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Samoa, said: “This is a major milestone for the Samoa Connectivity Project and we would like to thank our partners – the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the Australian Government – for working closely together with local Samoan investors and for making this possible.”
Leiataua Alden Godine, Chairperson of SSCC said: “Our aim is to deliver fast, reliable and affordable internet services that can improve Samoans’ lives, through accces to a high quality connectivity infrastructure that can spur Samoa’s ICT growth. This landing is a key achievement in our vision to provide our end-users and partners a dramatically increased bandwidth at the lowest cost.”
Philippe Piron, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “Alcatel submarine Networks continued need for broadband access is driving new projects in the Asia-Pacific region. We are pleased to work with SSCC helping them enhance broadband capacity and connectivity for the Pacific people, institutions and businesses by making our expertise and knowledge of the Pacific area available.”
Operations were carried out by the Ile de Ré cable ship which is a 143 mt long cable ship capable of loading up to 6,000 km of cables and provided with state-of the art equipment for cable laying and maintenance.
About Samoa Submarine Cable Company Limited
SSCC is a private company incorporated in Apia Samoa and will build, manage and operate the Tui-Samoa submarine cable between Apia Samoa, Suva Fiji and Wallis & Futuna. SSCC will operate a Cooperative Sustainable Wholesale Model (CSWM) with the mandate to deliver fast, reliable and affordable internet services to stimulate ICT innovation and development as an enabler of economic growth and social prosperity for the people of Samoa.
Samoa Submarine Cable Company Press Contacts
Moli Seanoa [email protected] T : +685 774 0255
About Alcatel Submarine Networks
Alcatel Submarine Networks leads the industry in terms of capacity and installed base with more than 590,000 km of optical submarine cables/systems deployed worldwide. From traditional telecom to new Oil & Gas applications, ASN provides every part of a global undersea transmission network, all tailored to the customers’ needs. An extensive service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning, as well as marine operations and maintenance performed by its fleet of cable ships.
Alcatel Submarine Networks Press Contacts
Francesca Cazzaniga [email protected] T : +33 (01) 60 40 11 96