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Work starts on marine survey for Manatua fibre optic cable
01:11 am GMT+12, 16/05/2019, Cook Islands

Work has commenced on the detailed marine survey for the 3500k m route of the Manatua - One Polynesia fibre optic cable.

As well as Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cooks Islands, the new cable will also connect Samoa, Niue, Tahiti and Bora Bora in French Polynesia.

The cable is expected to come into service in 2020.

Survey vessel, Geo Resolution is undertaking a detailed study of the cable route using state-of-the-art marine survey technology, including advanced sonar and diving operations, ahead of cable laying which will start later this year.

Survey work commenced in Samoa in April and will follow the cable route East, arriving in the Cook Islands in the next few days. The main vessel will assess the sea bottom, up to 5000m deep in places, and will use smaller vessels and divers in shallower water nearer the shore.

Ranulf Scarbrough, CEO of Avaroa Cable Ltd says they will be running the cable precisely over more than the 3000km length because they want it to run for 25 years faultlessly and operate perfectly.

“It’s a very challenging piece of engineering and needs to be carefully done” Scarbrough told CITV news.

The Cook Islands Ministry of Transport will be issuing a “Notice to Mariners” requiring marine traffic to avoid the survey operations.

In the lead up to the live service of the Manatua Cable in 2020, the Chamber of Commerce believes it is important that businesses and people of the Cook Islands can embrace it and quickly take up the new opportunities that will come about from it.

The Chamber in collaboration with the Pacific Cooperation Foundation will hold a three-day workshop focusing on ICT digital technology next week. The first two days are offered to members of the public and small businesses and the third day is being offered to the YES students of Tereora College.

Chamber of Commerce’s Melvin Fletcher says this is one way of updating businesses, people and even students in the area of digital-everything; marketing, media, exports, trade, e-commerce and much more.

There will also be website planning and marketing, email marketing and search engine optimisations.

IT professionals such as Nathan Nelio from Summerfield Services, Byron Brown from Te Araveka, and George Ngatikao from Techtro Solutions will also take time to share on best practices in risk management, back-up solutions and internet security options.

“It’s important that we are always looking towards the future, how to change and move with the technology and just making sure we stay abreast of any new developments taking place around the world and we aren’t left behind,” says Fletcher.

The Chambers hopes that this first workshop of its kind in the Pacific region will turn out to be an annual event, “especially with technology changing so much, we want to make sure we keep up.”

The workshop will be held on the 20-21 May at the Edgewater Resort and Spa.

SOURCE; RADIO COOK ISLANDS/PACNEWS


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