Work on internet cable project here underway - Solomon Star News

Work on internet cable project here underway
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18 October 2018
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RV Northern Endeavour [Photo Supplied]


THE Solomon Islands and Australian governments are well underway in delivering high speed internet here

The Coral Sea Cable System will connect Honiara to Sydney and the Solomon Islands Domestic Network will link Honiara with Auki, Noro and Taro.

Weather permitting, later this week, the marine survey vessel, the RV Northern Endeavour, will start its journey in Honiara and make its way to Auki, Noro and Taro to map the route it will take to lay the domestic cable.

Prime Minister Rick Hou, senior ministers, and government officials together with the Australian High Commissioner and CEO of Solomon Submarine Cable will go on board the vessel to inspect its facilities, meet the crew and understand more about the process for delivering this key nation building infrastructure.

The preliminary planning by the RV Northern Endeavour ensures the manufacture and installation of the cable is as precise as possible, taking into account Solomon Islands’ unique topography.

It also provides assurance the impact of the cable on the natural marine environment is minimised.

The transformational cable system linking Honiara with Sydney consists of two fibre optic pairs that will offer a quality and reliable connection to the internet.

The combined fibre optics pairs will provide 20,000 gigabits per second capacity with built in redundancy.

This compares to Solomon Islands’ current demand of around 341 megabits per second, which is reliant entirely on satellite connections.

Australia is partnering with Solomon Submarine Cable to deliver the Coral Sea Cable System and Solomon Islands Domestic Network.

Australia will majority fund the project, with a co-contribution from Solomon Islands.

- Australian High Commission

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