By Radio New Zealand

The Chinese multinational, Huawei, has been contracted by the Solomon Islands government to install an undersea internet cable from Sydney to Honiara.

The finance minister, Snyder Rini, said an agreement will be signed this month, and work will begin in February and the cable should be operational towards the middle of 2018.

Mr Rini said the government's commercial arm, the Investment Corporation of Solomon Islands, and the National Provident Fund will jointly own the undersea cable company.

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