TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, announced that a contract is in force to construct the ICN2 submarine cable project for Interchange Limited, a Vanuatu-based consortium. It will connect Port Vila, Vanuatu and Luganville, Vanuatu to Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The 1,632-km cable will provide initial 200G high-capacity access to several landing sites utilizing SL14-A1 cables and Ciena Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE). The companies announced that they expect the system to be ready for service in Q4 2019.

ICN2 Cable Map

“This submarine cable link is an important part of connectivity for this area of the world,” said Sanjay Chowbey, president of TE SubCom. “We are pleased to work with Interchange Limited and apply our expertise and regional knowledge to this project.”

“Interchange Limited is committed to improved ICT infrastructure to communities we serve throughout the Melanesian region. The ICN2 cable project truly supports our mission,” said Simon Fletcher, CEO of Interchange Limited. “ICN2 is the first CIF submarine cable to the Solomon Islands. With the planned future systems in the region, we feel confident they will be complementary and serve to build a redundant and reliable network. This should provide some confidence to regional investors and datacenter partners.”

“The increased activity of TE SubCom in Oceania with ICN2 and other projects combined with the increasing South Pacific Marine Maintenance Agreement (SPMMA) services is a testament to our continued focus and presence in the Oceania region,” said Thomas Soerensen, Managing Director of Oceania at TE SubCom.