Cable ship Tyco Durable returns to Marshall Islands to begin regional subsea cable project

DECEMBER 17, 2009 -- When the subsea cable system is complete, the Republic of the Marshall Islands will have direct connectivity to Guam.

DECEMBER 17, 2009 -- The Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority (MINTA) and Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and developer of undersea communications technology, have 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 network 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 onboard the cable ship.

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.

"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," says 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," says 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."


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