The Manatua Cable will link Samoa (with onward connections via Tui-Samoa and the Southern Cross cable) and French Polynesia (with onward connections to Honotua Cable), with branches to Niue and the Cook Islands (Rarotonga and Aitutaki), enabling two primary gateways to the global internet for the country.
And the target is by the year 2020, Samoa will be connected to four international fibre optic cables which includes Tui Samoa and the Manatua Cables.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi with Chairman of the Samoa Submarine Cable Company (SSCC) which owns Tui Samoa Cable, Pauli Prince Suhren who is also Chief Executive of the Samoa National Provident Fund, (SNPF) and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Prime Minister & Cabinet Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo are in Auckland to signed the Manatua agreement with its partners from Niue, Cook Islands and French Polynesia.
In launching the Samoa National Security Policy this week, Prime Minister Tuilaepa also commended the Manatua Cable noting that it will further strengthen Samoa’s connection to the Pacific and beyond making it more viable for more business investment in Samoa.
It is well documented that Government truly believes in improving broadband connectivity, nationally and globally to help drive social and economic development.
At this time the new Tui-Samoa Submarine Cable is connecting Apia, Tuasivi in Savaii, to Fiji and onward to United States of America via the Southern Cross Cable Network that runs from Australia and New Zealand to the USA.
Wallis and Futuna, a French territory, as well as Vanua Levu in Fiji will also get branching units off the Tui-Samoa cable.
SSCC, (Samoa Submarine Cable Company a public and private partnership), managing the Tui Samoa Cable is also very much involved in a few more cable projects.
Discussions and exchange of information is well in progress for a new cable from Samoa to Tokelau and Tuvalu.
With Samoa’s plans for building a Data center, an Innovation center and a National Cyber security center at the same location of the Cable Landing station, neighbouring island countries have been encourages to connect to Samoa and make use of the facilities.
Government’s mission is for Samoa to become the Pacific Hub for Information Telecommunication Technology by the year 2020