13 Mar 2017

Tuilaepa hopes American Samoa will join new submarine cable

7:50 am on 13 March 2017

Samoa's government has asked the American Samoa government to be a partner in building a new submarine cable between the two Samoas.

In a letter, Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, invited governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga to take advantage of the Tui Samoa and Southern Cross cables.

Those cables, which are currently under construction, would connect Samoa to Fiji, and then on to the United States and Australia to provide high speed, cheaper internet.

Samoa recently signed a similar deal with Wallis and Futuna to connect the French territory to the submarine cables.

American Samoa has developed a business case to build a cable to Hawaii, but Tuilaepa said the territory should consider his proposed partnership as well.