The Pacific Islands Market

Who would have thought only a few years ago that remote Pacific islands with small populations would be getting submarine cables? In fact, the market for submarine fiber optic cables in the South Pacific is booming – or at least as close to booming as it can get.

In addition to the recently completed Tonga cable, cable projects are in various stages of development for cable links to Vanuutu, the Solomons, Palua and Micronesia.

In addition, there are numerous new cables being built in Indonesia and the Philippines, connecting the larger of the countless islands in those archipelagos.

The “island” market is being driven by the need to deliver high-speed bandwidth to isolated communities to provide economic opportunities and improved education, health care and government services. Failure to connect these islands mean leaving them behind while the rest of the world takes advantage of the resources made available by the Internet.