SISCC seals deal with 5th operator

Submarine cable linking Vanuatu to Solomon Islands.
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SOLOMON Islands Submarine Cable Company Ltd (SISCC) has sealed an agreement with a new telecommunications operator, bringing the number of operators to five.

Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Islands Submarine Cable Company Ltd, Keir Preedy confirmed this to Island Sun in an inclusive interview yesterday.

He said the installation programme is expected to be completed before going into trial next month.

“We have four licensed operators using international capacity on Coral Sea Cable to Sydney and three of those also using our domestic capacity on the Solomon Islands Domestic Network which joins Auki, Noro and Taro to Honiara,” Preedy said.

“We currently have a fifth operator installing wireless internet equipment ready for a month precommercial trial in February,” he added. 

He said details of the new customer cannot be shared as the legal contract is subjected to non-discloser agreement.

Preedy said SISCC is looking forward to further growth and service development to enhance its services.

He adds that SISCC will also continue to explore potential opportunities for a second, diverse, cable route for the Solomon Islands.

Current telecommunications operators include Our Telekom, Bemobile and Satsol.