Savusavu cable system to boost northern internet connectivity
29 May, 2018, 8:00 am
EXPECT greater internet connectivity and activity from the Friendly North by next month!
The planned Savusavu cable system is expected to be ready for commercial service by June 21 of this year, bringing greater connectivity to Fijians living in the Northern Division.
This was the word from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while addressing the Victorian Multicultural Sports Association (VMSA) business event at the Crown Towers in Melbourne, Australia last Sunday.
Mr Bainimarama said the cable system would give far greater internet and mobile phone connectivity to Fijians living in the Northern Division, on par with what was enjoyed on Viti Levu.
The Savusavu cable system will connect to the Tui-Samoa undersea cable, providing a high-capacity and high-availability fiber-optic link between Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island, and Vanua Levu.
This cable links Samoa, Wallis and Futuna and Vanua Levu with the international Southern Cross cable at Vatuwaqa.
The project was initiated out of a turnkey contract signed between the Samoa Submarine Cable Company Ltd (SSCC) and Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, part of Nokia, to roll out the 1470 km submarine cable system Tui-Samoa Cable.
This links Apia, Samoa to Suva, Fiji, providing an advanced broadband highway in order to drive social and economic growth.
The Fijian Government initiative is expected to be a big boost to the local economy, providing more jobs and opportunities in the ICT sector.
It also brings about greater telecommunications security between the two main islands.
Once launched for service, the Tui-Samoa cable will deliver up to eight terabits-per-second (Tbit/s) capacity using 100 Gbit/s transmission technology.