The Government of Niue today announced that the Niue Manatua Cable is now ready for service in Niue after undergoing several weeks of tests.
In a government release 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.
Premier Tagelagi also acknowledge the contribution of the donor “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.”
In early December 2020 the MS Reliance the ship carrying the Manatua cable began their work of bringing the cable on land at Lalotoa in Makefu on Monday December 2nd.
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.
To mark the special occasion the Premier today announced a 100 per cent data increase. This means that customers can purchase their data bundle from Telecom Niue and the governments internet provider will match with 100 free data.
Last year, after constant questions from BCN news Telecom Niue confirmed that the cost to the consumers is not expected to increase.