Coral Sea Cable Trilateral Agreement Signed
Posted on July 12, 2018
Vocus Chairman Bob Mansfield AO met with the Prime Ministers of Australia, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea late yesterday at a signing ceremony for the recently announced Coral Sea Cable.
Vocus has been contracted by the Australian Government to construct an international sub-marine cable between Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Australia. The project is a centrepiece of Australia’s development assistance program to the Pacific.
The international sub-marine cable will utilise advanced multi-terabit technology to improve the international connectivity of Papua New Guinea and introduce high-speed international telecommunications cables to Solomon Islands. Completion of the cable build is scheduled for late 2019.
In addition to the international sub-marine cable, the Australian Government has contracted Vocus to construct a domestic sub-marine network within Solomon Islands, to extend the benefits of the cable beyond Honiara to the outer provinces where the majority of the Solomon Islands population lives.
Pictured: Michael Ackland, Vocus Head of Corporate Development; Peter O’Neill CMG MP, the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea; Malcolm Turnbull MP, the Prime Minister of Australia; Rick Houenipwela MP, the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands; and Bob Mansfield AO, Vocus Chairman. Photography: Penny Bradfield, Auspic/DPS