Work to manufacture and lay the East Micronesia Cable (EMC) has officially commenced, with the EMC Management Committee members signing a contract with the successful supplier, NEC Corporation.
The estimated $135 million project, enabled by grant funding from Australia through the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific, Japan and the United States, will build an undersea cable to connect the state of Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Tarawa in Kiribati, and Nauru to the existing HANTRU-1 cable, located in Pohnpei, FSM.
The signed contract means the final cable design and manufacturing of the cable, which will be no wider than a garden hose, will now begin. Once built, the East Micronesia Cable will be laid across the ocean floor and connected to landing infrastructure in each country, providing faster, higher quality and more reliable and secure communications to more than 100,000 people across the three Pacific countries.
Today’s milestone is also marked by the launch of the East Micronesia Cable website, which provides information in English, Gilbertese, Kosraean and Nauruan.
Through the project, Australia is proud to support critical infrastructure development in the Pacific and the provision of resilient telecommunications assets, with the East Micronesia Cable to bring the Micronesian region closer together.
Read the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade media release.