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Samoa Telecommunications 

In terms of access to basic telecommunications services, Samoa is well positioned. Mobile phone and internet services are already available throughout the country. There are more than 110,000 mobile phone customers and a further 15,000 landline connections. Competition and private sector involvement in the telecommunications sector has been a strong force driving these developments, with Digicel entering the market as the second mobile service operator in 2006 and the privatisation of SamoaTel in early 2011.

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Telephone Services

Is there an existing landline telephone network?

(Yes / No)

Yes

 

Does it allow international calls?

(Yes / No)

Yes

 

On average, number and length of downtime periods

n/a

Mobile phone providers (List)

n/a

Estimated availability and coverage

(Approximate percentage of national coverage)

n/a

Telecommunication Regulation

Regulatory functions such as licensing and frequency management are the responsibilities of the Office of the Regulator (OoTR).

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Regulations

Regulations on usage or import of:

Yes / No

Regulating Authority

Satellite

Yes

OoTR

HF Radio

Yes

OoTR

UHF/VHF/HF radio: handheld, base and mobile

Yes

OoTR

UHF/VHF repeaters

Yes

OoTR

GPS

Yes

OoTR

VSAT

Yes

OoTR

Individual Network Operator Licenses Required

  •  n/a

Frequency Licenses Required

  • n/a 

Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems

Existing UN Telecommunication Systems

Organisations 

UNDP

WFP

Red Cross

Police

DMO

Fire Division

VHF frequencies

n/a

 

n/a

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

HF frequencies

n/a

n/a

n/a

Yes

n/a

Yes

Repeaters

(Locations)

n/a

n/a

Yes

n/a

n/a

Yes

VSAT

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

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