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New Caledonia firm signs deal to connect to Hawaiki cable system

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The Pacific island nation of New Caledonia will be connected to the Hawaiki submarine cable system, with carrier SCCI having signed a deal with Hawaiki Submarine Cable to this effect.

The multi-million dollar deal will also include a subsea branch to the capital Noumea and connect the island to the US, Australia and New Zealand.

A statement from the recently incorporated SCCI — the Société Calédonienne de Connectivité Internationale — said the new cable had a customised design and connected both New Caledonia's Main Island and the Isle of Pines.

The signing ceremony was attended by the custom chiefs of Isle of Pines’ eight tribes, government and business officials. The new cable has been named "Tomoo", the local nââ kwênyii word for the “tricot rayé” indigenous sea snake, a source of protection according to tribal legends.

“This project is critical not only for the development of the Isle of Pines, but for the whole territory of New Caledonia,” said Isle of Pines’ High Chief Hilarion Vendégou.

“All the tribes of the island have come together to support the Tomoo cable, which will bring broadband connectivity to our population.”

At the moment, New Caledonia has only one submarine cable connection which is operated by the incumbent government-owned carrier.

SCCI managing director Steffen Holzt said: "We have received very supportive comments from the government and the business community, and look forward to helping accelerate the digital development of New Caledonia.”

Hawaiki chief sales officer Virginie Frouin said: “Thanks to SCCI and the Tomoo cable, New Caledonia will be able to enjoy the multiple benefits of Hawaiki’s international connectivity and boost the development of its digital economy, both locally and in the Pacific region.” Tomoo is scheduled for completion by 2021.

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