The Tui-Samoa submarine cable system is a 1,470km submarine cable connecting Samoa with Fiji, with landing points in Apia and Tuasivi (Samoa) and Suva (Fiji) and branches to Vanua Levu – Savusavu (Fiji) and Wallis & Futuna.
The Tui-Samoa submarine cable system consists of two fiber pairs, with a system capacity of 16 (Tbit/s) using 100 Gbit/s transmission technology.
The Tui-Samoa submarine cable system is owned and operated by Samoa Submarine Cable Company Limited (SSCC), established in April 2015.
SSCC was created by the Government of Samoa and the company’s six founding shareholders Samoa National Provident Fund (SNPF), Unit Trust of Samoa (UToS), Samoa Life Assurance Corporation (SLAC), Bluesky Samoa Ltd (BSL), Computer Services Ltd (CSL) and Digicel Samoa Ltd (DSL) with support of development partners. SSCC mandate was to procure, construct and operate Samoa’s first international submarine cable “Tui-Samoa submarine cable” to bridge the digital divide and offer fast, reliable and affordable internet connectivity for Samoa to deliver economic and social prosperity.
The Tui-Samoa submarine cable project costs approximiately US$57million, backed by Asian Development Bank which contributing US$25million.
The Tui-Samoa submarine cable system is supplied by ASN, ready for service on 9 February 2018.
With the success of Tui-Samoa Cable, in 2018, SSCC participated as a founding partner in its first ever consortium submarine cable in the region, Manatua Cable, linking Tahiti (French Polynesia) to Samoa with branches to Rarotonga and Atutaki (Cook Islands) and Niue.
Also in 2018, SSCC constructed the Submarine Cable Depot in Apia in partnership with SubCom and the Government of Samoa, to support and maintain more than 19 cable systems (69,000 km of telecommunications and power cable systems) in the South Pacific region under the South Pacific Marine Maintenance Agreement (SPMMA). In addition to the maintenance function, the SubCom (Apia, Samoa) submarine cable maintenance depot supports regional submarine cable installation activities including the Manatua Consortium Cable.