Palau with Australia, Japan and the US are celebrating an important milestone towards enhanced internet connectivity. On 6 June 2022, the Pre-Lay Shore End (PLSE) of the second submarine fibre optic cable commenced at the Ngardmau Dock, representing the first stage of the cable lay. This initial section of cable will ultimately be connected to the ECHO submarine cable system, connecting Singapore to the United States. Once operational, the system will contribute to Palau’s communications infrastructure by securing internet connectivity.
This is the first project under the Trilateral Partnership for Infrastructure Investment in the Indo-Pacific, where Australia is working with Japan, the United States and in collaboration with partner governments to deliver critical infrastructure projects in the region that are financially sustainable, climate resilient and inclusive, and create economic opportunities in host countries. The Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific, alongside DFAT’s bilateral aid program, are financing Australia’s approximately USD10 million contribution.