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Vocus wins undersea cable deal between Australia and PNG

A THREE-month scoping exercise will be undertaken by telecommunications company Vocus for the laying of a submarine cable from Australia to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
This will involve consultations with the government on the Australia-funded project for a high-capacity telecommunications subsea cable to connect with Australia.
Vocus entered into an agreement with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to scope out the design, construction and procure a subsea cable between Australia, PNG and the Solomons.
The three-month scoping study will involve gathering detailed requirements, conducting desktop survey, tendering the cable system project, and commencing permits.
This is expected to lead to the rollout of the cable system on behalf of the Australian government from 2018.
Vocus cable designs use the latest multi-terabit technology and would vastly improve the international connectivity of PNG and bring high-speed international telecommunications to Solomon Islands for the first time.
Vocus chief executive Geoff Horth said the company would build on its experience from similar scale projects it had undertaken.
“Our experience as network builders, owners, and operators puts us in a strong position to lead this project on behalf of the Australian government,” Horth said.
“The expertise we have gained from designing and developing the North-West cable system and the Australia-Singapore cable means that we have the team and the knowledge that can deliver the best outcome for Pacific Islands connectivity.”

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