Google has agreed to run undersea internet cables to eight Pacific island nations under a joint US-Australian deal. The deal is set to be announced during Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s visit to the White House on Wednesday.
The cables will connect the following countries:
Papua New Guinea
The cables will be funded by the governments of Australia and the United States, with Google providing technical expertise and support. The cables are expected to be completed by 2026.
The new cables will provide a significant boost to internet connectivity in the Pacific islands. Currently, many Pacific islanders rely on satellite internet, which is expensive and unreliable. The new cables will provide faster and more reliable internet access, which will benefit businesses, students, and individuals alike.
The deal is also seen as a strategic move by the United States and Australia to counter China’s growing influence in the Pacific region. China has been investing heavily in infrastructure projects in the Pacific islands, and some countries in the region have expressed concerns about China’s intentions.
The new internet cables will help to ensure that the Pacific islands remain connected to the rest of the world and that they have the ability to make their own decisions about their future.
Here are some of the potential benefits of the new internet cables:
Faster and more reliable internet access for businesses, students, and individuals.
Increased economic opportunities for the Pacific islands.
Improved access to education and healthcare.
Strengthened ties between the Pacific islands and the rest of the world.
Reduced reliance on China for infrastructure and other support.
The new internet cables are a significant investment in the future of the Pacific islands. They will help to improve connectivity, boost economic growth, and strengthen ties with the rest of the world.