22 Jun 2015

Samoa's fast internet another step closer

4:49 pm on 22 June 2015

Samoa is set for faster internet after the World Bank gave the green light for a $16 million US dollar grant.

The Samoa Connectivity Project is expected to bring more reliable internet and is a public-private partnership, with financing from the Asian Development Bank, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the newly established Samoa Submarine Cable Company.

A 1,300 kilometre cable will link Upolu and Savai'i islands to the Southern Cross Cable Network in Suva..

Fiji is a well-established submarine cable hub with connections to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Hawai'i, and Vanuatu.

woman with computer

Photo: PHOTO NZ

The cable will also provide opportunities for neighbouring countries to connect.

Work on the cable is planned to start in 2016, and the total cost of the project is $49.94 million.

Samoa is currently connected to the internet via satellite and the older American Samoa-Hawai'i Cable System.