The Government of Samoa today celebrated the turning point for the digital broadcasting services in the country, with launching of its Digital Terrestrial Television Project.
The Hon. Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi highlighted during his keynote speech the long anticipated completion of the work since its approval by Cabinet in 2013.
He acknowledged the initiative by the Chairman of the Samoa Digital Communications Limited, Tuiaopo Fa’amausili Andrew Ah Liki.
The Prime Minister also commended the Office of the Regulator for the hard work and its perseverance to ensure the project was successfully completed.
“Today, is a very special day worth celebrating. In 2013 Cabinet approved the change from analogue to digital as it was a positive step for social and economic development, a proof that Samoa is keeping up with the times”, the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said.
“The Office of the Regulator as the implementing agency had faced many challenges in ensuring that this vision for our Digital TV will be achieved”.
“Today we witness the project’s completion through hard work, perseverance and partnership”.
“The Chairman of the Samoa Digital Communication Limited (“SDCL”), Afioga Tuiaopo Fa’amausili Andrew Ah Liki and his team are hereby acknowledged for their initiative”, he added.
The leader of the nation added that the broadcasting service has always been a priority for the Government of Samoa.
The Hon. Prime Minister highlighted that the advance capacity and benefits of the service announced today will provide opportunities and will be afforded by all.
“In 1993, Government had prioritized television as a broadcast service when the late Honourable Tofilau Eti Alesana was the Prime Minister of Samoa”, he says.
“At the time, coverage was limited. It did not reach other areas of the country outside of the Apia city areas”.
“The Digital TV Project expects to have full coverage for the country by 2020. The first phase that is launched this evening will cover 70% of our viewers. The second phase is due to complete in late November 2019 and the last phase is to be completed early 2020.
Digital TV will provide work opportunities for our radio engineers, marketing, programmers and many more. This will lift the level of skills for our people”.
“Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your prayers, encouragements and support. I commend the Office of the Regulator for their hard work as well as SDCL and each TV Station in the respective parts they will play in making this project a reality. I wish everyone using this service success and may it be easily accessed and afforded by all our people”.
The launching ceremony took place in front of the Government building at Eleele Fou today.