Jun 19, 2018
Vocus to construct a sub-marine cable between Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Australia
On 19 June 2018 Vocus announced that it 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.
Vocus Group Managing Director and CEO, Kevin Russell, stated, “We are pleased to build on our strong relationship with the Federal Government and undertake this critical infrastructure project on their behalf. In this digital age, we all rely heavily on access to fast, reliable and affordable connectivity. Extending this to our international neighbours for the first time will provide significant economic and social benefits.
“Our recent experience constructing world-class domestic fibre infrastructure, including the sub-marine North-West Cable System and Australia Singapore Cable, means Vocus is extremely well placed to partner with the Federal Government to complete this important project,” he concluded.
Pictured above: Vocus Group Managing Director & CEO, Kevin Russell and Deputy Secretary Ms Penny Williams
Pictured below: Vocus Group Managing Director & CEO, Kevin Russell and Deputy Secretary Ms Penny Williams with members of the Vocus and DFAT Teams responsible for the project
Photography credit: DFAT/Nathan Fulton