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Singapore Vocus To Build Solomon Islands Submarine Cable System
Jun 21, 2018


Vocus from Singapore recently received a AU$137 million contract awarded by the Australian government to build a submarine cable system linking Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.


The Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop stated that “The award of the AU$136.6 million contract to partner Vocus is an important milestone, marking the beginning of the actual installation of the Coral Sea submarine cable system. Australia will provide most of the funds required for the system. The rest is jointly provided by Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands."


The australian foreign minister julie bishop stated that the award of the aus136.6 million contract to the partner vocus is an important milestone,marking the beginning of the actual installation of the coral sea submarine cable 

Vocus said that the construction of the Coral Cable System, which is expected to be completed by the end of next year, will now begin a comprehensive survey, manufacture and deployment plan.


Vocus Telecom also plans to establish a domestic submarine cable network in the Solomon Islands, connecting the main islands of the Solomon Islands.


"We are very pleased to consolidate our close relationship with the federal government and to carry out this critical infrastructure project on their behalf," said Kevin Russell, CEO of Vocus. “Our recent experience in building a world-class domestic optical fiber infrastructure, including the North-West cable system and the Australian-Singapore cable, means that Vocus is ideally suited to work with the federal government to complete this important project.”


Australian Prime Minister Turnbull confirmed in April that it will build a submarine cable and said that the federal government will provide "most of the money" for the project. The project will also land in Port Moresby.


Turnbull said, “Today, we have fulfilled our commitment to provide high-speed submarine telecommunications cables between Australia and the Solomon Islands. This is the first project that the joint project will become independent of satellite communications in the Solomon Islands.”filling compound for optical fiber cable


The project will enable Solomon Islands to improve security and promote economic growth, but the increase in Pacific Island countries’ connectivity will expose them to more cybersecurity risks. 


Vocus signed an agreement with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in January to design, construct and purchase the Australian-Papua New Guinea-Solomon Islands submarine cable. According to the bidding documents, the agreement reached with Vocus was worth A$2.8 million.filling gel for optical fiber loose tube


Vocus has said that the three-month scoping study will involve consultations with the governments of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, collect detailed requirements, conduct desktop surveys and start  permit applications.


It is reported that the submarine cable system was originally planned to be built by Huawei china , but Australia rejected the agreement because of concerns about security and China’s influence in the Pacific.aluminum overhead conductor grease


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