Efforts continue to link the small islands of the South Pacific to the global submarine fiber optic network to promote economic development and provide vital broadband services in the region.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help fund a new submarine fiber optic cable project that would link the South Pacific islands of Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.  The proposal calls for these islands to be linked through submarine cables to the global network through a connection in Fiji.

The Pacific Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministers have repeatedly called for development partners' support and collaboration among the Pacific countries for improved regional connectivity.

ADB will provide project preparation technical assistance (PPTA) and will help prepare analyses and inputs required to finalize the project proposal. The PPTA will complement other partners' preparation activities.

Complementing the due diligence activities by the World Bank and TCL, the PPTA will carry out sector analysis; gender, poverty and social analysis; and governance risk assessment as well as prepare other inputs required for the project.