SPIN or South Pacific Information Network is an undersea cable project currently being evaluated by several South Pacific governments.  A Pacific Magazine article brings us up to date on where the project stands:

SPIN is a project by a French consortium promising an eastbound submarine cable running from New Caledonia to French Polynesia via Wallis and Futuna. It would link to Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Niue and Cook Islands.

The second cable runs northwest from New Caledonia, linking Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and connecting to the existing Port Moresby-Cairns cable. These will also link to planned Noumea to Sydney and Tahiti to Hawaii cables.

The article outlines reservations held by the Cook Islands govt. and suggests the possibility of delays in getting this project underway.  It’s a pity, because without this investment in infrastructure, Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Niue and Cook Islands will continue to face extremely high prices that hinder the penetration of broadband internet.