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Pacific island nations to connect to the Southern Cross cable

Southern Cross Cables has announced multiple deals for use of its Next subsea cable, including a major capacity commitment by FINTEL, Fiji’s International Gateway provider and wholesale telecommunications company.

Other major deals include confirmation by Teletok, the Tokelau (NZ dependent territory) telecommunications service provider, that it will connect to the cable, and that Pacific island country, Kiribati, will also connect to the subsea cable.

Significantly for Fiji, the connection of FINTEL to the Southern Cross NEXT cable will continue the nation’s long and distinguished history in connection with international submarine cables across the Pacific (since 1902). The new cable will provide additional diverse paths and capacity from Fiji to the world, reinforcing Fiji as a major telecommunications hub in the Pacific.

FINTEL chief executive George Samisoni said “Our customers throughout Fiji and the Pacific region will be able to rely on FINTEL for international connectivity to internet and telecommunications services. The flexibility that Southern Cross Cables have offered us ensures our customers will receive the lowest possible round trip latency from Fiji to Australia and the US, supported by similar low latency restoration paths.”

In the case of Teletok, the small island country’s international capacity requirements are growing rapidly due to increased demand from both fixed and mobile broadband capabilities across Tokelau, and are anticipated to further increase as greater connectivity is achieved throughout the islands.

Southern Cross says its NEXT cable solves a major piece of the international bandwidth puzzle for Teletok for the next 20 plus years.

Teletok chief executive Tealofi Enosa said “Our customers throughout Tokelau rely on Teletok for international connectivity to internet and telecommunications services, and our commitment to the Southern Cross NEXT project will allow us to efficiently continue to service their growing needs. The flexibility that Southern Cross Cables have offered us ensures our customers will receive low latency connectivity from Tokelau to Australia and the US, and ensure we have the highest level of online response times.

Kiribati will connect to the Southern Cross NEXT subsea cable to provide low latency and fast connectivity from Kiritimati to Australia and the United States of America.

Southern Cross Cable chief executive Anthony Briscoe and Riteti Maniraka, chairman of BwebwerikiNET, the new Kiribati Government state-owned enterprise, said the cable connection for Kiribati was a landmark milestone, connecting it to Australia, New Zealand and the US, as well as a number of other Pacific Islands.

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).