Australia announced on Wednesday that it will help finance a new submarine cable system linking Sydney to the Solomon Islands, thereby squeezing the Huaiwei’s bid because Australia and China compete for diplomatic influence in the South Pacific.
According to reports, the high-speed submarine cable will extend from the east coast of Australia to Port Moresby and Honiara in Papua New Guinea, and then connect the remote provinces of the Solomon Islands.filling compound for cable
The Solomon Islands government initially considered allowing Huawei to take responsibility for the construction of the project, but due to the concerns of Australia, the Solomon Islands government reconsidered the Huawei’s participation. In 2012, Australia banned Huawei from bidding for its own national broadband network project and stated that it would “cause security issues”.
According to the Sydney Lowy Institute, as part of its global competitiveness, China has strengthened its diplomatic and economic participation in the Pacific region. Since 2006, China has signed at least US$1.8 billion in aid and loans. This caused Australia’s concern. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said earlier this month “We view the Pacific as part of our world” and “We hope to continue to be the partner among countries in the Pacific region. " filling compound for optical fiber cable
Australian Prime Minister Turnbull said, “We are concerned with ensuring Australia’s assistance and providing support of the economic and social development for Pacific region. This is why we are building this undersea fiber optic cable system. Funds will come from Australia’s aid budget. This will not affect the total cost." filling compound for fiber optic cable
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said, “The alternative we have provided to the Solomon Islands government and Papua New Guinea is outside of Huawei, and our offers are cheaper, more technologically superior, and more flexible. They also accept this program."
It is reported that the Australian government will provide 200 million Australian dollars for the project, accounting for about two-thirds of the cost of the project, connecting Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea to Australia through optical fiber cable.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is considering whether Sydney, Townsville or Sunshine Coast is Australia's best connection point. According to the plan, the undersea fiber optic cable will be put into use by the end of 2019 and will free the Solomon Islands from the shackles of relying on satellite connections.
Bloomberg said that this did not prevent Chinese company Huawei from winning new projects in Australia. Huawei is bidding to help build Telstra's 5G mobile phone network and establish a communication system for Pace's metropolitan orbit system with a contract of 120 million Australian dollars (US$91 million).