PM launches $16m Suva-Savusavu cable project

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is accorded a bvilo of yaqona during the traditional formalities of the Suva Savusavu cable launch on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

MEMBERS of the public and students from various schools in Savusavu on Vanua Levu converged at the landing site of the $16million Suva-Savusavu Submarine Cable project in Nacekoro outside Savusavu Town today.

Officiating at the launch of the cable, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama told members of the public that the Suva-Savusavu cable was only one small part of the Government’s development projects.

However, he added that it was equally important as the ground-breaking of any bridge, any stretch of roadway, or any jetty in the country – and it was certainly far more sophisticated.

“This sort of development takes years of careful planning to deliver,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“It has taken long-term vision, bold initiative and takes considerable economic means to make a reality.”

This cable project is a direct link to the Southern Cross Cable- a massive trans-pacific telecommunications network that has a landing point in Vatuwaqa, Suva.

This landing station is the connection point for a massive underwater fibre optic cable that stretches from Savusavu, 270km across the sea to Viti Levu – the latest in a string of landmark IT infrastructure projects delivered across the country.

Mr Bainimarama also launched the Savusavu Public WiFi hot spot today.

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