Cable network service timeline

THE Southern Cross Cable Network scheduled to pass through Savusavu is expected to be in service by next year.

FINTEL chief executive officer George Samisoni said the adverse weather had delayed building foundation works.

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

“Savusavu connection is awaiting completion of cable station and delivery of prefab housing,” he said.

“Submarine cable has been laid to beach manhole and will be pulled through when cable station is ready.

“System should be in service by 2018.”

Meanwhile, a statement from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) last month said the World Bank Group and the Government of Australia joined the Government of Samoa in celebrating the arrival of high-speed internet in the country last month. While officiating at the event, Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi gave a keynote speech, led the ribbon-cutting and switched on the cable, delivering fast internet to the people of Samoa.

Mr Tuilaepa said the new 1300-kilometre system linked the country’s largest islands, Upolu and Savai’i, to the Southern Cross Cable Network in Suva, Fiji, and to the territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands via a spur.

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