28 Jun 2007

American Samoa to connect up new fibre-optic link

7:33 pm on 28 June 2007

American Samoa's Governor Togiola Tulafono is optimistic that by the end of the year, the territory will have a fiber optic cable connection.

The governor says in a matter of days a letter of intent will be signed allowing a key fiber optic cable project to move forward.

American Samoa is to use a cable that currently connects New Zealand to Hawaii.

"We're taking out the end from New Zealand, rolling it up and bring it to American Samoa, move all the equipments from New Zealand back here to American Samoa and then reconnect it and we will have a direct connection to the United States. It's not a very large cable. It's a fairly old technology. It's 1.2 gigabytes, but it's more than enough back-up for our purposes."

Governor Togiola Tulafono says several companies are waiting for the fibre optic connection to set up call centers in the territory.