The U.S. government announced that it had reached an agreement with Australia to lay submarine optical cables, build docks and provide other infrastructure for Pacific island countries.
According to reports, the submarine optical cable in the agreement will be operated by Alphabet’s Google and can provide Internet access to at least eight remote Pacific countries, including Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
“We listened carefully to what the needs of island countries are, and this plan will provide many of the major islands in the Indo-Pacific with what we believe to be very high-speed, secure, and stable internet connectivity,” one official said.
A senior government official revealed that Australia will contribute US$50 million (currently about RMB 365 million), and the United States will contribute another US$15 million (currently about RMB 110 million).
As part of the Pacific Islands Project, the U.S. will work with countries to improve cybersecurity and help them back up critical information into global cloud networks, the official said.
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