Repairs on the main fiber optic line will mean Internet limitations

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
October 14, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—FSM Telecommunications has announced that from October 31 through November 8, Internet services will be slower than usual. The dates have changed several times since the announcement was first released and may yet change again. Telecom has said that it will keep its valued customers posted if the date further needs to be changed.
In order to minimize the impact on its customers as the main fiber optic line is being repaired, Telecom will be switching to satellite service. It means that for about a week, Internet services will be back to the bandwidth that was available before the fiber optic cable landed in Pohnpei several years ago. It will be very slow. There may also be voice quality degradation.
FSMTC is asking its customers to be considerate and to minimize their internet usage to the bare essentials such as email and messaging. Streaming videos during that time will only degrade the Internet service all customers during that time.
The televisions stations that are streamed over the Internet will also be affected.
The problem with the fiber optic line is a matter that is out of Telecom’s control and is on the mainline, not the spur that leads to Pohnpei.
“An updated notice will be disseminated to the public when the repair is completed and services restored”, the announcement says. “Kindly direct your questions or concerns to your nearest FSMTC office or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..”