Contract signed to deliver undersea cables to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands
Today I announce the Australian Government will partner with telecommunications company Vocus to manage the construction of high-speed undersea telecommunications cables to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Solomon Islands.
Awarding the $136.6 million contract to delivery partner Vocus is a major milestone and signals the start of the physical installation of the Coral Sea Cable System.
Australia will deliver and majority-fund the cables, with a financial co-contribution from both PNG and Solomon Islands.
Australia's strong support for this project is a reflection of our enduring commitment to the Pacific, where we work with partners to support the region's stability, security and prosperity.
Boosting connectivity in PNG and Solomon Islands will drive economic growth, and improve governance and security. World Bank research estimates improved internet access and connectivity could grow GDP by more than US$5 billion and create close to 300,000 new jobs in the Pacific by 2040.
The Coral Sea Cable System is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.