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Landing points
Technology Optical fiber cable
Date of first use 2008

Gondwana-1 is a submarine communications cable network connecting New Caledonia and Australia brought into service in mid-2008.[1][2]

The cable landing points are:

The Australian end of the Cable was terminated in mid November 2007 by the Cable Ship Ile de Re [3] completing the laying of the cable.[4] The fibre optic cable is laid in the Northern Sydney Protection Zone and comes ashore at Narrabeen beach where the Southern Cross Cable and Australia-Japan Cable are also laid. The system was officially brought into service in September 2008. Gondwana drastically boosted the capacity of the New Caledonia international gateway and decreased the latency to reach Australia and Western Europe, previously handicapped by a 500 ms round trip delay between Australian and Caledonian satellite teleport. It offers the second fibre access point in South Pacific islands after Fijian access to Southern Cross cable, commissioned in 2001.

The fibre optic cable is a two-part system, firstly linking New Caledonia to Australia (and then on to the world via the existing Australian fibre optic cables) and a short unrepeated cable from New Caledonia to the Loyalty Islands, with a landing stations at Poindimie (Main island), Mouly (Ouvea) and Xepenehe (Lifou).

The need for the cable was the increasing demand for advanced telecommunications such as broadband and due to the high cost of satellite bandwidth.


  1. ^ "New Caledonia's OPT and Alcatel sign Euro 42 million contract for new GONDWANA-1 submarine cable network". 4 October 2006. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2007. 
  2. ^ "New Caledonia's OPT, Alcatel sign €42m contract for new submarine cable network". 6 October 2006. Archived from the original on 25 October 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  3. ^ "French Connection". 16 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  4. ^ "Nouméa-Sydney connected by submarine cable: a reality today (French)". 23 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-08.