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Jul 12, 2018

Coral Sea Cable Trilateral Agreement Signed

Pictured: Michael Ackland, Vocus Head of Corporate Development; Peter O’Neill CMG MP, the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea; Malcolm Turnbull MP, the Prime Minister of Australia; Rick Houenipwela MP, the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands; and Bob Mansfield AO, Vocus Chairman. Photography: Penny Bradfield, Auspic/DPS

Vocus Chairman Bob Mansfield AO met with the Prime Ministers of Australia, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea late yesterday at a signing ceremony for the recently announced Coral Sea Cable.

Vocus has been contracted by the Australian Government to construct an international sub-marine cable between Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Australia. The project is a centrepiece of Australia’s development assistance program to the Pacific.

The international sub-marine cable will utilise advanced multi-terabit technology to improve the international connectivity of Papua New Guinea and introduce high-speed international telecommunications cables to Solomon Islands. Completion of the cable build is scheduled for late 2019.

In addition to the international sub-marine cable, the Australian Government has contracted Vocus to construct a domestic sub-marine network within Solomon Islands, to extend the benefits of the cable beyond Honiara to the outer provinces where the majority of the Solomon Islands population lives.