TE SubCom, a subsidiary of Tyco Electronics, announced that the company is working hard to build an ICN2 submarine cable system that connects the South Pacific island countries.
It is reported that TE SubCom has signed a submarine cable project construction agreement with the Vanuatu consortium to connect Port Villa in Vanuatu, Hurghada in Luganville to the Honiara of Solomon Islands, with a total length of 1,632km, using SL14-A1 cable and Ciena submarine line Terminal Equipment (SLTE) to access multiple landing sites.
Sanjay Chowbey, president of TE SubCom, said, “This submarine cable project is an important part of the South Pacific island connection. We are very pleased to work with Interchange Limited and apply our expertise and regional knowledge to this project.”
In 2014, the ICN1 submarine cable was put into use. This was the first international submarine cable system to connect the Port Villa in Vanuatu and Suva in Fiji, and it directly connected the Southern Cross-Cable network between the United States and Oceania.
"Interchange is committed to improving our ICT infrastructure serving the entire Melanesia region, and the ICN2 cable project is supporting our mission," said Simon Fletcher, CEO of Interchange Ltd. " ICN2 CIF submarine cable is the first direct connection to the Solomon Islands. With the plans for future systems in the region, we believe they will complement each other and help establish a reliable data network to provide better services to regional investors and data centers."
Although there is no clear work start date, all parties confirmed that the submarine cable system will be ready in the fourth quarter of 2019.