It seems to be almost a done deal.
There was a move by Huawei to buy Digicel, the mobile phone network in the Pacific island nation. However, it has now been decided that Telstra, the Australian phone company, with investment from the Australian government, will take over the network, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.
ICT in Pacific Island countries is the subject of my first dissertation. For 30 years I have been involved in Pacific Island ICT, first and foremost in the field.
At the first island summit in 1997, I made the USPNet an ODA project. I have been working on the policy reform of telecommunications in Micronesia since then, and have been writing my dissertation since 2008 based on these current experiences.
The development of Wifi led to the establishment of a national mobile network in Samoa by an Irish company called Digicel. It expanded to the Pacific one after another.
However, due to financial difficulties, the company had to give it up. That's when Huawei came into the picture. The Australian government is lending Telstra $1.5 billion at a 3% interest rate.
Digicel's founder, Irish Denis O'Brien, has takne advantage of this situation?
Here's a video of Mr O'Brien himself telling how the business got started in Samoa. The key was "Christianity and Trust".