Turnbull confirms undersea cable between Australia and Solomon IslandsStaff Writer | April 23, 2018
Prime Minister of Australia Malcom Turnbull said: "Today we affirm our commitment to deliver a high-speed undersea telecommunication cable between Australia and Solomon Islands.
Pacific Australia will deliver and majority fund the project
"The joint project will be a first for Solomon Islands, which is wholly reliant on satellite technology to access the internet.
"Ensuring stability, security and prosperity in the Pacific is one of the highest priorities of our two nations. Boosting connectivity in Solomon Islands will improve governance and security, and drive economic growth.
"Increased connectivity also exposes countries to risk. Through the Cyber Cooperation Program, Australia is working with Solomon Islands to manage these risks by strengthening its cyber security architecture and combating cybercrime.
"Australia’s strong support is a reflection of its stepped up engagement in the Pacific and commitment to promoting economic cooperation and integration in the region.
"It follows a long-standing commitment to peace and stability in the region, with Australia having led the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) over its 14 years of existence.
"We will continue to work together to sustain the gains made under RAMSI and support long-term stability and growth in Solomon Islands, such as through our bilateral security treaty." ■