SYDNEY (Reuters) – U.S. submarine cable company SubCom said on Thursday it would lay an internet link from Australia to Hong Kong through Papua New Guinea, deepening its involvement in a region where China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has sought to expand.
The route is the most direct internet link yet between Australia and China.
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It also includes a connection to Madang in PNG and possible branches to Port Moresby and to Honiara in the Solomon Islands – connections Huawei had agreed to make before Australia blocked its project there last year on security grounds.
The SubCom cable would likely stifle any commercial case for future Huawei cables in the region, according to Jonathan Pryke, director of Pacific Islands research at Sydney-based think-tank the Lowy Institute.
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“From a development point of view, it’s great,” he told Reuters. “It would greatly increase the accessibility of internet in PNG.”
SubCom said it was commissioned to build the $380 million line by H2 Cable, a privately-owned Singapore-based firm, in a joint statement. It is due for completion in 2022 and also includes a possible trans-Pacific branch to Los Angeles.
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