Telecommunications in American Samoa

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This article is about communications systems in American Samoa.

In 2009, American Samoa was connected to the Internet using the American Samoa Hawaii Cable (ASH) undersea cable that increased bandwidth from 20 Mbit/s to 1 Gbit/s.[1][2] The project used a defunct PacRim East cable built in 1993 that previously connected Hawaii with New Zealand. The cable system now connects Samoa to American Samoa and then to Hawaii where it will connect to global submarine networks.

Telephone[edit]

Main lines in use: 10,400 (2004)
country comparison to the world: 202

Mobile cellular: 2,200 (2004)
country comparison to the world: 210

Telephone system:
domestic: good telex, telegraph, facsimile and cellular telephone services; domestic satellite system with 1 Comsat earth station
international: satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean)
international access code: +1.684 (in the North American Numbering Plan, Area code 684)

Radio[edit]

Radio broadcast stations: AM 2, FM 5, shortwave 0 (2005)

Radios: 57,000 (1997)

Television[edit]

Television broadcast stations: 4 (2006) Televisions: 14,000 (1997)

Internet[edit]

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): at least three [3]

Internet country code: .as

Internet Hosts: 1,923 (2008)
country comparison to the world: 141

Internet users: NA

Situation in 2016[edit]

In 2012 American Samoa had the most expensive internet in America according to Engadget.[4]

Under Governor Togiola Tulafono investment in a fibre optic network to replace ageing copper infrastructure across all the islands of American Samoa[5] and the construction in 2015 of a 1.2Gbit/s satellite uplink via O3b Networks which more than doubled available bandwidth to the rest of the world[6] resulted in broadband internet becoming more affordable, with the price of the cheapest available residential package decreasing from $75/month to $50/month and download speeds of the base package increasing from 256kbit/s to 768kbit/s.[7] The improved connectivity to the outside world has revived previously stalled hopes that a call centre could be opened in American Samoa, boosting the local economy.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ iTWire - Samoans one step closer to broadband
  2. ^ eLandia and American Samoa Inaugurate Submarine Cable
  3. ^ ASTCA - Samoatelco [1], BlueSky Communications [2], Pacifica IT [3] Archived 2007-08-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ https://www.engadget.com/2012/07/04/most-expensive-internet-in-america-samoa-broadband-interview/
  5. ^ "AMERICAN SAMOA FIBER OPTIC NETWORK". Underground Construction. Oildom Publishing Company of Texas, Inc. December 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  6. ^ "American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) Goes Live with O3b Networks, Significantly Improves Broadband-based Services to Territory Residents". O3b Networks. 2015-06-15. Archived from the original on 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20151110131037/http://astca.net/internet
  8. ^ "Economic Development plan revives hope for call center". Osini Faleatasi Inc. 2015-02-15. Retrieved 2016-12-22.