On May 7, 2019, His Excellency Peter M. Christian, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), attended the inauguration ceremony of the new fiber optic cable in Chuuk State, which is fully active and operational.

The fiber optic cable, which dramatically increases Chuuk’s internet capacity by orders of magnitude, will support the Nation’s most populous state in its economic and social development, according to a press release from the Office of the President.

The fiber optic cable in Chuuk is the latest infrastructure success from the FSM National Government, FSM Telecommunications Cable Corporation (FSMT Cable Corp), and FSM Telecommunications Corporation (FSMTC), with crucial technical and material assistance from NEC, the system supplier, and financial assistance through the World Bank.  The cable is a branch off the existing HANTRU-1 cable system. 

President Christian noted his appreciation for all parties who made the fiber optic cable a success, with particular thanks given to NEC; the President recommended NEC become one of the bidders for any future developments for the East Micronesia Cable System, which will connect the State of Kosrae.

Former Vice President of the FSM and Chairman of the Board for FSMT Cable Corp, the Honorable Redley Killion, claimed the fiber optic cable in Chuuk “could be considered as one of the largest, if not the largest infrastructure project, not only for the State of Chuuk but for our Nation as a whole.”

The Honorable Johnson Elimo, Governor of Chuuk State, echoed Chairman Killion’s remarks, noting that the fiber optic cable “marks an important chapter in the history of the people of Chuuk.”

The Chief Executive Officer of FSMTC, Mr. Fredy Perman, noted that customers in Chuuk had already been given increased bandwidth.