Thursday the 28thof May 2009 marks an important milestone for all the people of Samoa, to witness the Launching of the ASH Submarine Cable, connecting Samoa to the world by way of a high speed fibre optic cable for first time in history.
In mid July 2008, an agreement was signed by the Government of Samoa, through the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology as well as SamoaTel. This agreement has ensured the connection of the international fiber optic cable between American Samoa, Samoa and Hawaii and connects Samoa to the existing global telecommunications infrastructure networks.
Reverend Oka Fauolo the Chairperson of the Council of Churches in Samoa lead a short service before the Hon. Prime Minister Hon Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi delivered his main speech to commemorate the official opening and launching of the ASH Sub-marine Cable.
The cable will provide more than 40 times the current capacity in use in both Samoa’s combined.
Friday 15 May, marked the first year the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) joined with communications providers in Samoa to commemorate the Information Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) World Telecommunication & Information Society Day.
Rev Alesana Afamasaga a pastor from EFKS Lefagaoalii Savaii lead the ceremony with a prayer.
A message was delivered from Dr Hamadoun Toure, the Secretary General, of the International Telecommunication Union and viewed via the screen.
Hon. Safuneituuga Paaga Neri, Minister for Communications and Information Technology delivered the main speech of the day and welcomed all participants.