Kumul Submarine Cable Network Nears Completion

PNG DataCo Managing Director, Paul Komboi expects the Kumul submarine cable to be in service by the third quarter of 2021.By Maxine Kamus
February 5, 2021

Work on the Kumul Submarine Cable Network (KSCN) is expected to be completed by the third quarter of this year, says PNG DataCo Managing Director, Paul Komboi.

He told the Post-Courier that while the Coral Sea cable has been online since February 2020, the domestic part has been put on hold following Covid-19 restrictions.

Giving an update on the submarine cables to connect all coastal and island provinces in the country, Mr. Komboi said all the landing is completed for system 1, system 3 while system 2 landing was completed in 2019.

For system 1 the only path that Dataco is yet to complete is the Jayapura leg where the cable has been laid but they are yet to put in the electronics to start PNG's communication with Indonesia.

“The only outstanding work we have with KSCN is the Jayapura leg, which was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic but we expect to complete work by third quarter of this year,” he said.  Mr. Komboi has confirmed that the Coral Sea fibre-optic Cable project is commissioned and completed as of February 2020 and is currently in use.

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