By Matter Communications

The Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority (MINTA) and Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, announced the Marshall Islands-flagged Tyco Durable has returned to Majuro, RMI,  and will begin to lay cable as part of a regional subsea cable project that will ultimately deliver high-bandwidth connectivity between the island nation and the rest of the world. In commemoration, the companies will host government delegates from the Republic of the Marshall Islands for an event on board the cable ship.

“The Tyco Durable's arrival back in port marks a significant step toward the completion of the MINTA Extension to the HANTRU-1 System, which will have a profound impact on our community,” said Tony Muller, president of MINTA. “The people of the Marshall Islands have waited a long time for the robust, high-speed bandwidth that has long been available in other areas of the world. We are thrilled the ship has arrived, as it serves as a visual indicator that much-anticipated connectivity for the region is not far off.”

When the subsea cable system is complete, the Republic of the Marshall Islands will have direct connectivity to Guam. Because Guam is a regional node, there will be a variety of onward connectivity options.

“Tyco Telecommunications is proud to be a part of this project, which will be essential for the growth of the region,” said Jim Olson, director global system sales, Tyco Telecommunications. “With the Tyco Durable now back in port, we look forward to celebrating a momentous milestone toward connectivity with those who have long supported the project and helped bring it to reality.”

About MINTA

MINTA is a private corporation with significant ownership by the Republic of the Marshall Islands National Government. MINTA is the authorized provider of telecommunications services to the Republic of the Marshall Islands including local fixed line, mobile, domestic inter island, international, data and Internet.

About Tyco Telecommunications

Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, is a leading global supplier for today's undersea communications requirements.

Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, the company delivers the most reliable, high-quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. In more than five decades of operation, Tyco Telecommunications has designed, manufactured, and installed more than 100 undersea fiber optic systems around the world. Tyco Telecommunications' global presence, backed by industry leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide.