American Samoa Telecom Warned Against Arrangement With Chinese Company

Firm operating in Samoa banned from sending supplies into United States

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 28, 2016) – Director of Homeland Security Utualii Iuniasolua Savusa has advised the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority to be aware that Congress has banned telecommunications supplies from a Chinese company that Samoa may be using.

An ASTCA representative Malcolm Sword reported that one of their current projects is to establish a back-up link via Samoa for communications with the outside world.

He said the phone links between Samoa and American Samoa have been on and off but ASTCA hopes to establish an improved dedicated link with Samoa soon.

He said they were testing the lines and the link should be in use by next month.

But Utualii said Congress had banned the use of equipment from the company which he did not name.

He informed a cabinet meeting that the concern relates to switches that the company manufactures.

Utualii also said cyber-security should be taken seriously as hackers are using other people's profiles to try and get their information to commit crimes.

He advised that people pay closer attention to the way they use their computers, phones and other communication gadgets.

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