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Huawei will build a network of telecommunications towers in the Solomon Islands

19.08.2022 ТАСС 247 просмотров

The project cost is $66 million.

The Government of the Solomon Islands has signed an agreement with the Chinese company Huawei on the construction of 161 telecommunications towers as part of the creation of a national broadband network. This was reported on Friday by the Solomon Times with reference to the Ministry of Communications of the country.

According to the newspaper, the project worth about $ 66 million will be financed by a soft loan issued to the authorities of the island state of China Exim Bank (Export-Import Bank of China, The Export-Import Bank of China). "This will be a continuation of the historic partnership with the People's Republic of China, which began in 2019, when the two countries established diplomatic relations," the Solomon Islands government said in a statement.

It is expected that the loan issued by the Chinese bank for 20 years at 1% per annum will allow the Solomon Islands to "significantly expand the local telecommunications network and provide mobile communications and Internet for the whole country." The government expects to complete the construction of the first 80 towers before the start of the Pacific Games, which will be held in November 2023 in the capital of the country, Honiara.

Expanding ties between China and the Solomon Islands On April 19, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that China and the Solomon Islands signed a framework agreement on security cooperation.

The Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Damukana Sogavare, confirmed this statement and called on the States of the Pacific region to respect the sovereign interests of his country and international law, in accordance with the requirements of which a security agreement was signed between Honiara and Beijing.

Earlier, an agreement was signed between the Solomon Islands and China on the joint modernization of the runways of 30 local airports and the creation of a regional aviation center in Honiara. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC, the document was signed in November 2019, just a few months after the Pacific country severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no work has been started within its framework so far. Earlier, Australia, New Zealand and Japan announced their intention to modernize a number of airports in the Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands is a Pacific island state with a population of less than 700 thousand people. In 2019, the country, located 2,000 km northeast of Australia and 3,400 km north of New Zealand, severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan and took a consistent course towards rapprochement with China.

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