The Ministry of Transport and Communication of Timor-Leste announced the successful landing of the Timor-Leste South Submarine Cable System (TLSSC) in Dili, Timor-Leste on Monday, 24 June 2024.

The TLSSC connects Dili in Timor-Leste to the North West Cable System (NWCS) owned by Vocus, Australia. It is designed to support a data transfer capacity of 27 Tbps between Díli and Port Hedland and Darwin in Australia. The cable spans 607 kilometers, includes seven repeaters, and features a branch cable to the Greater Sunrise region. It is supplied by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN).

The TLSSC is the first submarine telecommunications cable connecting Timor-Leste and therefore represents a significant milestone in developing the country's infrastructure enabling unprecedented opportunities for growth, innovation, and development.

 

TLSSC Landing, Image courtesy: ASN

 

The TLSSC project is estamited to cost US$ 40-60 million, funded 100% by the Timor-Leste Government, with financing support by the Australian Government. 

The Australian Government, through the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP), has approved a grant of AUD7.2million for the TLSSC project, in addition to a loan of AUD25.7 million.

The TLSSC project underscores Timor-Leste's commitment to improving digital connectivity, fostering economic growth, and enhancing communication capabilities for both individuals and businesses. This new infrastructure will significantly reduce latency and increase internet speed, heralding a new era of digital transformation for the nation.

The connection to the NWCS will enable Timor-Leste to leverage robust telecommunications infrastructure in Australia, ensuring reliable and high-speed internet access. This enhancement is expected to attract new investments, support the burgeoning digital economy, and improve the quality of life for all citizens.