Flexenclosure wins two APAC cable landing station orders

19 September 2018 | Jason McGee-Abe

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Flexenclosure has received an order from Interchange for two eCentre cable landing stations, to be deployed in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands early next year.

Over the past 18 months, Flexenclosure has received several orders from different Pacific island nations, cementing eCentre as the premier choice for cable landing stations in the Pacific region. The new cable landing stations will be deployed in Luganville, Vanuatu, and Honiara, Solomon Islands.

“eCentre is the ideal cable landing station solution,” said David King, CEO, Flexenclosure.

“We are able to deliver ruggedized facilities – able to withstand the harshest of environmental conditions – to the most remote parts of the planet extremely fast. And with orders in five countries in the last 18 months, we are firmly establishing ourselves as the leading provider of cable landing stations in the Pacific region.”

They will terminate the new 1,600km ICN2 cable, which is being built by TE SubCom, inbetween the two countries. Interchange, a Vanuatu-based consortium focussed on delivering nation-building telecommunications technologies and infrastructure throughout Melanesia, completed its ICN1 project in 2014, linking Vanuatu directly into the high capacity Southern Cross cable between Australia and the United States.

“As a critical infrastructure provider it is vital that all components of our system meet the highest standards,” added Simon Fletcher, CEO of Interchange. “Flexenclosure was selected as our cable landing station facilities supplier based on the high quality of their product, their proven track record in our sector and their strong regional presence.”

Their locations in the Pacific’s Ring of Fire – a 40,000km long region in which 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur – requires the facilities to be built to withstand zone 4 seismic activity. They will also be constructed to defy the most severe category 5 cyclones.

Construction of the two expandable 21 sq m cable landing stations will commence at Flexenclosure’s factory in Sweden in October, be shipped to Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands in January and are expected to be fully operational by May 2019.

Flexenclosure has recently completed cable landing station projects in Samoa, Palau and Fiji.