The first submarine cable to link Tahiti to Hawaii has just reached its destination on the Big Island. It’s also the first such cable between the U.S. and Tahiti and marks a great improvement in communication services throughout Bora Bora, Raiatea, Huahine, Moorea and Tahiti including more affordable international broadband Internet services for those lucky islands.
The cable which lies between French Polynesia and the Big Island is 3,107 miles long with a depth of 19,500 feet in some areas. It runs to Ohaiula (Spencer Beach) in Kawaihae on the Big Island.
This is a fiber optic cable which will allow high speed Internet connectivity between the U.S. and French Polynesia. Vice president of the government of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch has expressed high expectations for what the cable will bring, including advances in distance learning, scientific research, cultural exchange, etc.
Considering the significant investment of $108.4 million that was required of the project, it’s fair to expect significant returns. It has taken about five years to reach completion.
To some, Hawaii may just seem isolated. Our island chain is located in the middle of the Pacific after all, and far from any other island chains. But this has made it an invaluable strategic spot for so many purposes that its location and great beauty have made it a subject of envy for many, both on a national and personal level. Those of us who live here should be reminded of how lucky we are, and those who don’t live here should consider it!
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