The recent news articles in The Australian Financial Review highlight the ongoing security concerns of US and Australian authorities with Chinese submarine cable technology suppliers. The United States has previously expressed concerns about Huawei and other Chinese submarine cable suppliers fearing security breaches (e.g. interception of sensitive data).
The issues raised by the US and Australian authorities’ concerns with Chinese suppliers further validate our decision last year to appoint TE SubCom, a US company and industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, to build the subsea portion of the Pacific Fibre cable.
Having a US vendor on board reduces the risk of Pacific Fibre facing the same concerns from regulatory authorities in relation to security breaches on our cable system.
Last month we announced the completion of our Californian and Australian landings desktop study and Californian permitting study in conjunction with TE SubCom. With initial approvals obtained from Californian permitting authorities, the project is now set to move forward with the marine route study.
We are confident that we will secure all permits and licences required to land the Pacific Fibre cable in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
Where this leaves the proposed Huawei Marine built trans-Tasman cable, is another question.
Mark Rushworth – CEO Pacific Fibre