14 Jul 2008

Samoa PM highlights telco advances

1:13 pm on 14 July 2008

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has told delegates to the Pacific Telecommunications Conference in Apia that there has been a rapid development of telecommunications in Samoa.

He said the number of telephone subscribers, has jumped from 12,500 in 2002 to 101,400 by the end of 2007.

About 95 percent of the country is now accessible by phone compared to only 30 percent five years ago.

Internet subscribers have more than doubled from 3,000 in 2002 to 7,000 at the end of 2007.

Tuilaepa says future expansion of telecommunications is expected to speed up further with the installation of an international sub-marine cable link planned for next year.