Alofi, Niue – 12 May 2021 – The Government of Niue (GON) today announced that the Niue Manatua Cable is now ready for service in Niue after undergoing several weeks of tests.
The Manatua cable is a joint Pacific collaboration project initiated in April 2017 with the signing of an international treaty by the Premier of Niue, President of French Polynesia, the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, the Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa. The Manatua cable spans the South Pacific and connects Tahiti and Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, Niue and Samoa.
Premier of Niue Hon. Dalton Tagelagi says the Manatua cable delivers a new optical fibre submarine cable that will transform the speed, capacity, resilience, and affordability of internet and telecommunications for Niue’s people.
“This is an exciting day for the people of Niue as we announce that the Manatua cable is now live and delivering the very latest and best in class internet and telecommunications. This major telecommunications infrastructure project is the culmination of four years of planning, design, cable manufacture, and laying. It will ensure Niue can boost its economy using new technologies as well as host and facilitate research and technological development. I would like to thank and acknowledge New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, whose kind assistance has ensured the implementation of the Manatua Cable was possible.”
“Niue’s connection to the Manatua Cable will expedite Niue’s technological future that is crucial for the development of our country. Niue is now fully connected to the world and open to all of the possibilities that the latest technologies can bring.”
Premier Tagelagi adds that now that the Manatua Cable is live, it will also immediately enhance Niue’s business and tourism markets.
“The speed the Manatua Cable is now providing Niue’s business sector with new opportunities that we have never had before, especially during this global pandemic where our people have been heavily reliant on virtual meetings and online portals to conduct their day-to-day business. Niue’s internet is now five times faster than the normal broadband speed, which is already having a profound effect on communications and delivering advantages to our businesses and communities.”
Since completing the cable lay in early 2020, Niue’s focus has been on commissioning and testing the system before rolling out the network island wide.
Source: Office of the Secretary of Government of Niue Facebook Page