The new cable system will initially be able to carry 20Gps of data transfer – over x200 times Vanuatu’s current capacity – and will ultimately be able to carry up to 1280Gps.
This vastly superior infrastructure will significantly impact virtually all sectors of Vanuatu society; for in addition to infinitely faster download speeds for domestic internet users, the enhanced capacity will underpin rapid developments in areas such as e-healthcare, education, business and commerce, Government communications and tourism.
It will also enable Vanuatu to further cement its position as a strategic multi-lingual e-business hub for the Pacific region.
Upon completion of this cable project in January 2014, Vanuatu will join Fiji, PNG, Samoa, American Samoa, New Caledonia and French Polynesia, each of which already have submarine cable connections.
The endangered Leatherback Turtle, which sometimes nests at Blacksands Beach in Mele Bay, Vanuatu. Cable laying required near this site will be undertaken outside of nesting season to minimise any impact. Once trenched, experts claim the cable will pose no impediment to turtles using the beach as a nesting site.
Both Interchange and its cable partner Alcatel-Lucent are working closely with the Government of Vanuatu and relevant authorities to ensure disturbances to the environment – both under sea and on land – are kept to an absolute minimum.
In accordance with regulations, Interchange has appointed an Environment Monitoring Manager to work closely with Vanuatu’s Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation to ensure implementation of the project’s Environmental Management Plan.
You are welcome to download a copy of the ‘Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of the Vanuatu-Fiji Cable System report prepared by the University of the South Pacific – Institute of Applied Science in June 2012 by clicking here>