‘Cable network to benefit business sector’

THE Southern Cross Cable Network is expected to be completed between April and June this year.

FINTEL chief executive officer George Samisoni said the network should be up and running this year in Savusavu.

Mr Samisoni said the Tui Samoa (Fintel/Fiji-Samoa via Wallis and Futuna) was in service last month.

“The Savusavu connection is awaiting completion of cable station and delivery of pre-fab housing,” he said.

“Submarine cable has been laid to beach manhole and will be pulled through when the cable station is ready.” The news has been welcomed by the Labasa Chamber of Commerce president Satish Kumar, who said the network should benefit the business sector.

Mr Kumar said they had been waiting for the operation of the cable to begin for sometimes now.

He said business transactions internationally will be easier for local businessmen adding the setting of the cable should boost communication.

“The new cable system will definitely boost business in the North,” he said.

“It marks the modernisation of the business sector here in the North putting it on par with the outside world.” Savusavu Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer Karl Smith said this was great news and the move would surely boost the business sector.