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ASTCA Mobile 5G signal test launched on Apr 15

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a press release issued over the long holiday weekend, ASTCA announced that this past, Saturday, April 15, beginning with Paloa, the government-owned telecom company broadcast a 5G umbrella service over its commercial network.

First revealed during ASTCA’s retail store facelift dedication ceremony in October 2022, the leadership team of your “New ASTCA” began American Samoa’s first 5G network in early 2022.

Designed to deliver more speed, more network capacity, and lower latency, 5G will empower our economy with more opportunities. Beginning in Poloa with the installation of 5G radio equipment, the technical team has been building the physical infrastructure and slotting network servers throughout the year.

On, Saturday, April 15, 2023, it was turned it on — marking ASTCA and American Samoa’s first 5G commercial experience.

As recent innovations before it, from Hawaiki and the Territory’s first High Definition Television (HDTV) Service, the ASTCA #HomeTeam continues its mission of putting people first and serving as a catalyst for economic development in the territory, closing the technology gap between American Samoa and the United States.

The leadership team of today’s ASTCA, under CEO Chuck Leota, is hyper-focused on improving outcomes for all American Samoans and residents of the Territory.

“Our goal is not just to keep American Samoa relevant in the new digital economy. Today’s ASTCA does not want to build infra- structure so our people just survive ... instead, we want our people to thrive and fully participate in the new global digital economy. ASTCA wants to ensure digital equity for our people by having maximum coverage and affordability... and ensure everyone has access to online information, has the tools for education, healthcare, and can make a living ... without having to leave American Samoa. As your #HomeTeam, we want nobody left behind.”

With the success of ASTCA’s commercial 5G test and signal broadcasting, ASTCA will now move towards commercially launching 5G service to its subscribers, gradually activating the service around the island.

ASTCA declared: Follow us on our 5G journey to a tower near you!

Samoa News inquired as to the cost to its subscribers for the 5G service or  upgrade, and was told that currently it is only a test run, and no price package has been launched. This will occur after tests are successfully completed and the upgraded mobile service fully activated.