01 June 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
TE SubCom has announced that a contract is now in force for the company to construct the ICN2 submarine cable project for Interchange Limited, the Vanuatu-based consortium.
The new cable system will connect
Port Villa and Luganville in Vanuatu to Honiara in the Soloman
Islands. The 1,632km cable will deliver initial capacity of
200G access to numerous landing sites using SL14-A1 cables and
Ciena Submarine Line Terminating equipment (SLTE).
"This submarine cable link is an important part of
connectivity for this area of the world," said Sanjay Chowbey,
president of TE SubCom. "We are pleased to work with
Interchange Limited and apply our expertise and regional
knowledge to this project."
The news follows the launch of the ICN1 cable that was
completed in 2014. The cable was the first international subsea
system linking Port Villa in Vanuatu to Suva in Fiji, directly
interconnecting Southern Cross Cable between USA, Australia and
"Interchange Limited is committed to improved ICT
infrastructure to communities we serve throughout the
Melanesian region. The ICN2 cable project truly supports our
mission," said Simon Fletcher, CEO of Interchange Limited.
"ICN2 is the first CIF submarine cable to the Solomon Islands.
With the planned future systems in the region, we feel
confident they will be complementary and serve to build a
redundant and reliable network. This should provide some
confidence to regional investors and data centre partners."
With no clear date of when work is due to begin, all parties
confirmed that they expect the system to be ready for service
by Q4 of 2019.
"The increased activity of TE SubCom in Oceania with ICN2
and other projects combined with the increasing South Pacific
Marine Maintenance Agreement (SPMMA) services is a testament to
our continued focus and presence in the Oceania region," said
Thomas Soerensen, managing director of Oceania at TE