Cable loading on the first ship, “Durable” is now ¾ complete. The second cable ship, “Decisive” will arrive in Hitachi on 5th April for loading and will be sailing on or around the 22nd April to start the lay south from Guam. The Decisive will lay from Guam to Madang in Papua New Guinea.
The process of loading the cable onto the ship is a surprisingly manual process. Every metre is manually laid in the tank to ensure as uniform a lay in the tank as possible. This provides protection from movement in the tank during large seas and allows the maximum amount of cable to be loaded as possible. (Source Pipe Networks Blog)
Now this is just one way our internet speeds should pick up, but while we’re on this topic Coconut Wireless from Fiji has a list of other undersea cable projects in our region. I’ve pasted an excerpt from his post below:
An Up-to-date primer on the state of submarine cable projects in the Pacific Region is titled Trans-Pacific Capacity: Possible New Price War? It includes a section that heavily references the South Pacific:
The latest construction wave began in 2006 and has been centered on the Asian and Pacific Regions. The current round of activity started with the Gondwana, Australia to New Caledonia system,Telstra’s Australia to Hawaii system and six new trans-Pacific cables. These new cables are the Trans Pacific Express, Asia American Gateway, FLAG’s Eagle, Next Generation Network, and the Unity cable projects (Source: TMC).
Out of these six projects, only one faces significant delay:
TPE is in service, AAG is nearing completion, Unity has been surveyed and will be installed in 2009, while only the FLAG Eagle system has been postponed, says Graham Evans, EGS Survey Group business development director, reported by Submarine Telecoms Forum (Source: TMC).
So again, I have to say that once all this infrstrcuture is laid down it will be up to the Governments, Regulatory Bodies and ISP’s to give us internet access at a fair price.