BLUFUndersea cables are vulnerable to being tapped; therefore, Australia, Japan and the US are working together to maintain control over new undersea Pacific cables.
Australia, the United States and Japan will jointly fund an undersea cable to improve Internet access for Nauru (population 10,000), Kiribati (122,000) and the Federated States of Micronesia (115,000) to both benefit local people and also counter Chinese influence.
- High-speed Internet goes through regional hubs in Sydney, Guam or Hawaii.
- Telecommunications in the Pacific is a strategic issue for Australia and its Allies.
- Part of Australian, Japanese and the United States collaboration in the Indo-Pacific.
- Commercial fibre-optic cables provide more opportunities for spying than satellites.
- To stop Huawei, in 2016, Australia paid for most of the Coral Sea Cable, connecting Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands to Sydney.
- Access to the cable would also allow access Australia's domestic Internet infrastructure.
- Huawei is banned from Australian 5G and NBN networks.
- The cable will take about 18 months to become operational.
- Should deliver faster Internet speeds.