Expanding Digital Connectivity in Palau Via a Second Submarine Cable

About the Project

Australia’s support to Palau’s second submarine ICT cable strengthens internet reliability and enables further innovation and transformation in the economy and society, bringing both opportunities and risks. Given the geographic remoteness of Palau, improving connectivity and internet access will create opportunities to boost tourism, business and investment, and provide better government services, including health and education. There is clear potential for increased women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, increased economic opportunities for people living with a disability and increased opportunities for inclusive decision-making and leadership.

Through the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific, Australia has partnered with the Republic of Palau, the United States and Japan to construct a fibre optic submarine cable system for Palau. The second submarine cable builds on the bandwidth capacity afforded by Palau’s first submarine cable constructed in 2017. This cable will provide increased reliable, secure digital connectivity in Palau.

The second cable was announced in October 2020. All infrastructure for the system has been completed, with the key remaining activity being the final splice of the Palau spur into the ECHO trunk cable. Ready for Service of the system is expected 2024-25.

Start and End Date


Geographical Focus


Main Beneficiary

Government and Private Sector



Budget ($)



Australia, Japan, United States of America

Implementing Agency

Contact Person

Andrea Ibba
Pacific E-commerce Coordinator

Policy Area

PA2. ICT Infrastructure & Services

Strategic Output

2.1. International connectivity is expanded and strengthened across the Pacific


2.1.1 Expand the submarine cable infrastructure and its affordability in the Pacific to ensure all FICs are connected to main international cables and broadband bandwidth is acquired with the best value for money approach. Enable appropriate satellite solutions especially Middle-/Low-Earth-Orbit (MEO/ LEO) connectivity for some more remote islands.

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