05 July 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Vocus Group and Alcatel Submarine Networks are to build and deploy the Coral Sea Cable System linking the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Australia.
The 4,000 km cable will link the Solomon Islands, Papua New
Guinea and Australia, boosting international connectivity and
bring new high-speed connectivity to the region, as well as
much needed upgrades to both countries existing
"This is the third submarine cable project that Vocus Group
has undertaken with ASN since 2014," said Kevin Russell,
managing director and CEO of Vocus Group. "Building this
critical infrastructure on behalf of the Australian Government
will bring fast, reliable and affordable connectivity to Papua
New Guinea and Solomon Islands, together with the associated
economic and social benefits."
The news comes part of Australia’s development
assistance program to the pacific and will connect Port Moresby
in Papua New Guinea and Honiara in the Solomon Islands to
Sydney via this new fibre optic cable system.
"We are proud to support Vocus Group with the Coral Sea
Cable project. This new contract validates our approach to
provide systems with ultimate performance and reliability to
our customers, enabling capacity and connectivity enhancements
for end-users, as we continue to expand our presence in the
Asia-Pacific region," added Philippe Piron, president of
Alcatel Submarine Networks.
The project is due for completion in late 2019. Once
completed the new system will offer capacity of at least 20Tbps
for each of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands to connect
with Australia. The project also includes the construction of a
domestic submarine network within the Solomon Islands, linking
Honiara to the outer provinces.
Only last month, news first broke of Vocus
being awarded the A$136.6 million contract from the Australian
government to build its new international subsea cable, which
we now know is called Coral Sea Cable System.
At the time, Julie Bishop, Australia’s Minister
for Foreign Affairs said: "Australia's strong support for this
project is a reflection of our enduring commitment to the
Pacific, where we work with partners to support the region's
stability, security and prosperity."
Alcatel Submarine Networks,
Papua New Guinea,