US, Australia, and Japan to jointly fund the construction of undersea cable to boost internet access
The United States, Australia, and Japan, in a recent announcement, have stated that they will jointly be funding the construction of undersea cable to boost internet access. Also, they are aiming to counter rising Chinese influence in the region. This project will focus on providing faster internet to Nauru, Kiribati, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
This project will also increase economic growth by driving employment and development opportunities. It will also improve living standards by providing faster and better quality internet services. The undersea cable development is considered the latest commitment from the Western allies to develop the telecommunications sector in the Pacific.
It is reported that Australia in 2017 has spent a whooping sum of 137 million Australian dollars ($98.2m) to architect better internet access for the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. The US and Japan are also working on improving the internet speed and access to tiny countries. It is reported that this project will be completed by the end of 2022.