The 15th of January 2014 marked a milestone for Vanuatu as we linked our nation’s very first international submarine fibre optic cable system connecting us directly to the high capacity Southern Cross Cable Network between USA, Australia and New Zealand via Suva, Fiji.
Upon completion of this cable project, Vanuatu along with Tonga were the last two countries in the world to connect via sub sea fibre telecommunications. The new cable system will initially be able to carry 20Gps of data transfer – over 200 times Vanuatu’s current capacity – and will ultimately be able to carry up to 1280Gps.
With the second cable arriving connecting Port Vila – Luganville – Honiara – Port Moresby, this US $104 million dollar project deployed by Alcatel – Lucent means Vanuatu will be strategically posed in a favourable location to encourage foreign investment opportunities. It will also enable Vanuatu to further cement its position as a strategic multi-lingual e-business hub for the Pacific region.
Vanuatu will be strategically posed in a favourable location to encourage foreign investment opportunities.
This vastly superior infrastructure will significantly impact virtually all sectors of Vanuatu society;
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>