Many telecommunications networks in the Pacific interconnect not directly but via international carriers in the United States or Australia. This has a profound impact on both the cost and the performance of regional traffic. While web traffic is slowed, real-time collaborations like Skype are rendered unusable, creating barriers for inter-island collaboration.
The project seeks to identify demand for inter-island communications and barriers preventing it. Commercial, education, government, and development agencies will be interviewed, with an emphasis on Pan-Pacific businesses and initiatives. RIPE Atlas probes will be supplied to Pacific networks to measure their topology and performance.
Informed by regional communications requirements and the physical and economic realities of submarine fibre optic cable systems, the project seeks to produce a regional peering strategy. This plan will suggest interconnections that will achieve a good balance of cost and performance for both telecommunications providers and their users.