The work of laying the the 4,700km Coral Sea cable from Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands to Australia has been completed as reported by Capacity Media Alcatel Submarine

Networks (ASN) laid the cable from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Honiara, Solomon Islands using its Île-de-Bréhat ship to Sydney’s Tamarama Beach Australia’s Vocus Group is a partner in the project.

The cable should be ready for use by December this year.

The Coral Sea Cable System will deliver faster, cheaper and more reliable communications infrastructure, affording both countries significant economic and development benefits.

Senator Marise Payne, Australia’s foreign minister and minister for women, who was at the landing site said said the Coral Sea Cable System (CSCS) will provide PNG and the Solomon Islands with “faster, more reliable and affordable internet, delivering transformative capacity to communications, commerce and government service delivery”.

The cable, which is mainly funded by Australia’s aid programme, has four fibre-pairs that will deliver 20Tbps to PNG and a further 20Tbps to the Solomon Islands. Once complete, PNG and Solomon Islands will majority own the cable and receive all revenue generated. Solomon Islands will own its domestic cable and all revenue generated.

The new cable “will significantly augment Papua New Guinea’s existing submarine cable capacity”, said CSCS.

The Solomon Islands currently relies solely on satellite for international voice and data communications.

Only 11% of the population of PNG and the Solomon Islands have access to the internet.

World Bank research estimates that improved internet access and connectivity could translate into additional GDP of more than USD5 billion and close to 300,000 additional jobs in the Pacific by 2040.

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