Huawei Marine has signed a contract with the Solomon Island Submarine Cable Company (SISCC) to construct the first submarine cable in the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands is a nation encompassing six major islands and over 900 smaller islands lying to the northeast of Australia. Due to its geographical location the Solomon Islands have long depended on satellites for telecommunications, which are unstable, expensive, and have proven unable to provide sufficient bandwidth for the country. In 2016, the Solomon Islands' government founded the SISCC, with the remit to develop a submarine cable to connect its main islands, with onward connectivity to Australia.

Huawei Marine, in conjunction with its parent company Huawei Technologies will design and construct a network that incorporates 4000 km of submarine cable with a total capacity of 2.5TB that will link Sydney to the capital Honiara, with a further domestic connection from Honiara to Auki and Noro. The system will be ready for service in 2018.


 

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