05 February 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
TE SubCom is to build a depot in Samoa as a maintenance centre to service 20 Pacific subsea cable systems.
The announcement follows a
five-year deal in March 2017 between TE SubCom and 15 cable
operators to support and maintain more than 51,000km of
telecoms and power cables.
James Herron, managing director marine operations at TE SubCom,
said: "We’re investing long-term in the South
Pacific region and this new depot demonstrates our commitment
to supporting our clientele in the area."
TE SubCom will build the depot in the Samoan port of Apia, with
Samoa Submarine Cable Company (SSCC). "We look forward to TE
SubCom’s expanded presence in the region and the
increased services this new depot will provide," said Emmanuel
Delanoue, CEO of SSCC.
The South Pacific Marine Maintenance Agreement (SPMMA) covers
the South Pacific region from Singapore in the west to Tahiti
in the east and from the southernmost point of New Zealand to
Hawaii in the north – an area of 72 million square
TE SubCom will use the cable ship Reliance and the facilities
at Apia, including 4,000 square metres of covered warehouse
storage, six cable tanks with over 1100 cubic metres of storage
for cable, and storage for optical equipment, jointing kits and
Samoan prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi welcomed the
plan: "The submarine cable depot aligns with
Samoa’s aspiration to position itself as a
submarine cable hub for island nations seeking to bridge the
digital divide and improve internet connectivity for their