30 Aug 2017

American Samoa to connect to two undersea cables

9:58 am on 30 August 2017

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority is planning to sign up to use Samoa's new undersea fibre optic cable, Tui Samoa, which is due to go on line in January.

Puleleiite Tufele Li'a Jr

Puleleiite Tufele Li'a Jr Photo: RNZI/Monica Miller

It will also honour an agreement that the Authority's former board has to use the Hawaiki Cable, which is scheduled to launch services in mid 2018.

The current chair and interim chief executive, Puleleiite Tufele Li'a Jr, said the existing American Samoa to Hawaii cable was at capacity.

He said using the Tui Samoa Cable was the fastest solution to the bandwidth problem.

"Mainly because we can't wait until 2018 June to sort of relieve and get some sort of satisfaction for the rest of the community that we are serving."

Puleleiite Tufele Li'a Jr said the Tui Samoa cable will increase capacity ten fold.