ASTCA to Have Soft Launch of IPTV Next Month

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authortiy hopes to have a soft launch for their IP TV or Internet Protocol TV service by the end of next month.

This was one of the promised services with the $100 million Broadband Linking American Samoa Territory (BLAST) Project.

Interim CEO of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority, Puleleiite Tufele Li’a Jr, says TV programming  will be provided in conjunction with the government TV station, KVZK-TV

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Discussing projects that he hopes to complete before the end of the fiscal year, Puleleiite said ASTCA is trying to meet all the requirements for upgrading ASTCA’s mobile phone service to 4G.

An impetus for completing this upgrade is that AT&T will soon be making an award for a local carrier for FirstNet, a network for first responders during times of disasters.

Puleleiite says ASTCA would be ready for the bidding for a local FirstNet carrier when an award is made in the fourth quarter of this year.

As for increasing bandwidth, ASTCA is negotiating with Samoa on a financing arrangement for ASTCA to lease the Tui Samoa Cable.

The interim CEO says while the cash flow has improved, the authority is not ready to sign a check.

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