By Solomon Star

THE GOVERNMENT is still to make a decision on the proposed new submarine cable project that will land in Honiara and connect to Noro in Western province and Auki in Malaita.

Ministry of Communication and Aviation permanent secretary, Moses Virivolomo said the project was a bit slow because of its technicality.

Mr Virivolomo said this when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament on Wednesday.

He said there is a technical committee that will look into the option that government will purchase old and new cable or used cable for the project.

Furthermore, Mr Virivolomo said the committee will also advised cabinet on who will give the money for the project.

He said Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Cook Islands have also experienced slow start in this fiber project when they introduce it in their countries.

Solomon Oceanic Cable Company (SOCC), which is co-owned by Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) and Solomon Telekom (Our Telekom), is managing the project.

The total cost, including financing cost, civil works, supporting studies, legal costs, project management costs and contingencies, is expected to be in the range of USD$68 million.

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