The Federated States of Micronesia is one of the least connected countries in the Pacific but a World Bank ICT project seeks to bridge this digital divide and connect the island nation to the rest of the world.
FSM President David Panuelo provided updates on the project during the recent FSM Digital ICT Forum. According to the national government, around half of the FSM population remain unconnected to digital communications technology, with only 21 per 100 citizens subscribing to a mobile telephone.
Through the World Bank project, the FSM government will have access to approximately $25 million in World Bank funding to boost fiber-optic connections to homes, schools, and hospitals throughout the island nation. Just last month, the government launched its new fiber-optic cable infrastructure in Chuuk State. The cable link connects on to the existing HANTRU-1 submarine cable on to Guam to facilitate connectivity to the world and internet access to the people of Chuuk.