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.