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Digicel calls for a new undersea cable through the Pacific

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Update: 3:20PM BROADBAND is the umbilical cord for economic development, says Digicel chairman Denis O'Brien.

In a statement, Mr O'Brien is calling for an undersea cable from Papua New Guinea through the Pacific and back into Sydney to increase connectivity by providing access to broadband services for all - as well as asking for a new economic plan for heavily indebted Caribbean states.

Speaking at the private sector forum of the UN Small Island Developing States conference in Apia, Samoa yesterday, he says the company is proposing a new submarine cable that would connect Papua New Guinea, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Cook Islands back into Sydney.

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