17 Jan 2005

American Samoa restoring telecommunicatinos after satellite problem

2:31 pm on 17 January 2005

American Samoa's second largest telecommunications provider is back up and running after nearly two days without overseas phone and internet communication.

The Director of Engineering at Blue Sky Communications, Li'a Tufele Jr, says they are back up at full capacity after being down for nearly 38 hours since Friday local time.

"They're still waiting for their assigned frequencies to the new bird. And we were able to swing our stuff last night and we're able to make contact with the outside world now. Yeah, we're back at full capacity. We were able to swing both of our data circuits and voice on to a new bird that was provided by Intelsat."

Li'a Tufele Jr says one of Blue Sky's customers, the Bank of Hawaii, is able to provide basic services again, with ATM machines in the territory fully functional.

The territory's main communications provider, the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority, (ASTCA), is only operating at around 5 to ten percent of its capacity.