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ICT4 DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

ASH Submarine Cable was launched Thursday the 28thof May 2009

In mid July 2008, an agreement was signed by the Government of Samoa, through the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology as well as Samoa Tel. This agreement was to connect an international fiber optic cable between American Samoa, Samoa and Hawaii. Connections Samoa to the existing global telecommunications infrastructure networks.

The cable will provide more than 40 times the current capacity in use in both Samoa’s combined.

Encouraging in advancements in;

  • Telecommunications - with more bandwidth at lower cost
  • IT related business including all our internet service providers
  • Education - giving our students the same bandwidth speeds and streaming internet access as available in overseas institution.
  • Business in general - by using this broadband for Samoan products to market to more overseas market by using innovative web based marketing tools and technology requiring high speed internet connections.
  • Tourism

“ This new cable gives Samoa improved capacity and much needed bandwidth for internet connectivity. But on top of that we should make cyberspace a safe place for our children where every child can bandage the full potential of ICTs and where every citizen on this planet can exercise the right to access, use, create and share information.” Hon. Prime Minister

It is expected more than 120,000 telephone lines simultaneously for international calls and more job opportunities available in future.

give a laptop. Change the world 

one laptop per childTwo primary schools in Savaii, Paia Primary and Laumoli Primary were selected for this pilot and it was launched in 2010.

This project is implemented by MESC with MCIT providing internet connectivity through the use of a RICS.

"get connected"

Originally in 2006, 12 Feso'ota'i Centres were established around the country in Upolu, Savaii and Manono as part of the Universal Access objective outlined in the 2004 - 2009 National ICT Strategy. The community run centres, give Samoans access to, awareness of and skills in ICT. Located in villages where many people have never seen a computer before, help and training is offered to people who are unfamiliar with new technology.


“Affordable and Reliable ICT for All,” Feso’ota’i Centres make ICT available for people to keep in touch and up-to-date with the latest technologies in the world. Fair prices and a variety of services including, internet, passport photos, family and group photos, colour printing, copying, scanning, phone, fax, webcam, projector hire and CD duplication give people access to a variety of services they previously would have had to travel to the capital for.

To date there are four (4) centres in Savaii at Vailoa (Palauli), Sagone, Auala and Safune. In Upolu five (5) centres are located at Fuailolo'o, Salepoua'e, Gagaifolevao (Lefaga), Saoluafata and Poutasi. The tsunami of 2009 destroyed the centre on Manono Island as well as the solar powered one in Ulutogia.

In addition we provide technical support to an MWCSD project at Fagafau village in Savaii as well as an APT (Asia Pacific Telecommunity) initiative at the Salelologa library, Pu'apu'a Primary School and Saina Primary School.

get connected

The project is sponsored by numerous donors including, Government of Samoa, ITU (International Telecommunications Union), UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), VIA Technology and APT (Asia Pacific Telecommunications). However, the centres aim to become sustainable and independent businesses over time. Solar power pilot initiatives have been successful and future developments include establishing an administrator training centre in Savaii, pilot broadband connection and increasing the number of centres available.

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National Radio 2AP - 540AM

National Radio 2AP has been serving Samoa since 1947 as the first public broadcasting station established in Samoa’s history. In 2008 2AP came under the responsibility of MCIT. The Government of Samoa sees National Radio 2AP as “The Voice of the Nation,” it is the key source for information on emergency warnings, official messages and a platform from which to promote Samoan culture and tradition.

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