PM not woried about ASTCA joining Hawaiki

Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is not perturbed by news that the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority, a potential partner for the Tui Samoa Cable project is going full speed with the Hawaiki submarine cable.

Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii and mainland United States.

Tuilaepa said that Samoa had hoped to attract ASTCA because it’s an affordable option.

But added that ASTCA ‘s decision to go with Hawaiki is not of concern because the Tui Samoa cable has already gone ahead without American Samoa.

The PM also said that Hawaiki cable is more expensive than the Tui Samoa option, but if ASTCA has found funds for the Hawaiki venture then that is their prerogative.

KHJ News reported last week that the Board of Directors of the Retirement Fund has approved an investment of more than $20 million for the Hawaiki Cable.

According to company website profiles, Hawaiki Cable will offer high speed broadband at 43 terabits, which would allow users to download 1200 hi definition movies per second.

Tui Samoa Cable, which according to Tuilaepa will be operational “by the end of the month”, will only provide 8 terabits of broadband speed.

The Hawaiki cable, like the Samoa Submarine Cable Company, which operates Tui Samoa cable are both private ventures.

But it seems that ASTCA has opted to use Hawaiki Cable as the American Samoa Pensioners Fund is buying into the company and also it is offering far superior internet speed than Tui Samoa Cable.

According to company website profiles, Hawaiki Cable will offer high speed broadband at 43 terabits, which would allow users to download 1200 hi definition movies per second.

Tui Samoa Cable, which according to Tuilaepa will be operational “by the end of the month”, will only provide 8 terabits of broadband speed.