Improving Public-Private Partnerships on Undersea Cables: Lessons from Australia and Its Partners in the Indo-Pacific

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2024-01-17
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Channer, Hayley
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This article examines the recent increase in government efforts to supply Pacific Island nations with undersea cables, focusing on Australia, the US, and Japan. Drawing from conversations with industry representatives from hyperscalers, national telecommunications companies, and Pacific region operators, it outlines private sector views on how to improve public-private partnerships (PPPs) and identifies three areas for improvement. First, government and industry views regarding the development of global cable architecture, security, and supply should be aligned. Second, government consortia and regulatory regimes should be better coordinated to make it easier for businesses to operate. Third, government policy over the lifespan of the cable should be stabilized to help ensure industry efforts will not be undermined by changes in government. These findings have implications not only for Australia, Japan, and the US but also for other countries looking to forge smoother collaborations with the private sector on undersea cables in the future.
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Hayley Channer, “Improving Public-Private Partnerships on Undersea Cables: Lessons from Australia and Its Partners in the Indo-Pacific,” Indo-Pacific Outlook 1, no. 2 (2024): 1–10.
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