Coral Sea Cable to land in Sydney on Wednesday 28 August

The cable-laying ship, Ile de Brehat, departing from a port call in White Bay Balmain. (Credit: ASN)

Published 27 August, 2019

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The fibre optic submarine cable linking Australia to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands is scheduled to land in Sydney this Wednesday.

This next step in the delivery of the 4,700 km Coral Sea Cable will see the sea cable connected to a land cable at Tamarama beach.

For Wednesday’s connection, the vessel will haul the Australian end of the sea cable through a conduit that runs about 1km offshore. Team members on the ground at Tamarama Beach will then connect the sea cable to the pre-installed land cable.

Once the cable is secure, the Ile de Brehat will depart Sydney toward a point off the coast to join the Australian and international cables. This process is known as “the final splice”.

The ship will then head north to install the Solomon Islands Domestic Network, linking Honiara with the key provincial hubs of Auki, Noro and Taro.

Once complete, the 4,700km long Coral Sea Cable will deliver faster, affordable and more reliable communication for Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, boosting their economic and development capacity through robust and responsive online platforms for business, education, healthcare and other services.

The cable-laying ship, Ile de Brehat, departing from a port call in White Bay Balmain. (Credit: ASN)
The cable-laying ship, Ile de Brehat, departing from a port call in White Bay Balmain. (Credit: ASN)
The cable-laying ship, Ile de Brehat, departing from a port call in White Bay Balmain. (Credit: ASN)
The cable-laying ship, Ile de Brehat, departing from a port call in White Bay Balmain. (Credit: ASN)
The cable-laying ship, Ile de Brehat, which has laid the cable from Port Moresby and Honiara, made a port call at White Bay Balmain on 14 August 2019. (Credit: Vocus)
The cable-laying ship, Ile de Brehat, which has laid the cable from Port Moresby and Honiara, made a port call at White Bay Balmain on 14 August 2019. (Credit: Vocus)