Pac Rim Development has received a license from the US FCC to lay a submarine cable system linking Samoa, American Samoa and Hawaii. The firm, a joint venture between Telecom New Zealand, Merchant Capital and Elanida, hopes the system will be operational by mid-April.
It will consist of two cables - one linking Hawaii to American Samoa, and the other between American Samoa and Samoa.
The new cable system will be built mostly with 5Gbps capacity, except for the Hawaii-Pago Pago link, which will be just 1Gpbs.
The project involves removing part of the PacRimEast cable between Hawaii and Auckland and re-using it for the Samoan network.
Pac Rim has already received environmental permits for the American Samoa landings, completed marine surveys and installed the power feed equipment (PFE).
Installation of the cable in Samoa will occur in late February. Pac Rim expects to complete construction on March 23, and hopes to have the cable operational by April 10. The company stressed that these dates are subject to favorable weather conditions.