In a significant move to enhance digital connectivity and seismic monitoring in the Pacific region, Prima, in collaboration with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), has signed a contract for an unprecedented project: the establishment of the first SMART cable system connecting Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

The world's first SMART cable connecting Vanuatu and New Caledonia, Image Credit: ASN

 

Prima is a telecommunications and data infrastructure firm registered and based in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Prima operates satellite teleports, international subsea fibre optic cables systems, terrestrial fibre networks and data centre assets in Melanesia.

OMS will be responsible for the marine installation of this system, which is set to be deployed and operational in 2026.

This groundbreaking SMART (Science Monitoring And Reliable Telecommunications) cable project is set to provide not only a supplementary telecom cable to New Caledonia, extending to Australia and Fiji, but also a vital component in environmental monitoring.

Further more, the integration of four advanced Climate Change Nodes (CC Nodes) within this submarine cable system will facilitate real-time monitoring of seismic activities and efficient tsunami detection, particularly in the seismically volatile New Hebrides Trench.

This innovative technology promises to revolutionize warning systems throughout the Pacific, enhancing security and preparedness against natural disasters.

Key supporters of this SMART cable project include French Government, Government of Vanuatu, and New Caledonia's telecom company OPT (Office des Postes et Télécommunications).

As the supplier of the SMART cable system, ASN is thrilled and honored to be a part of such a transformative project. ASN also extend its appreciation to the SMART Joint Task Force (JTF), whose consistent support and expertise have been crucial in realizing this ambitious project.

Built-in sensors in the SMART cable,    Image Credit: ASN 

 

More than just an infrastructural advancement, this SMART cable project symbolizes the strength of international collaboration in addressing global challenges. By merging telecommunications with environmental monitoring technologies, this endeavor will substantially enhance the safety, connectivity, and scientific insight of the Pacific region.