Vocus made no mention of Huawei in a statement issued this morning. Political issues appear to have got in the way of the Chinese telecommunications giant participating in the project.
Vocus has experience in handling such projects, given that it designed and developed the North-West Cable System and the Australia-Singapore Cable. The latter project reached the halfway completion mark in November, while the former is up and running.
Last July, it was reported that Australia was putting pressure on the Solomon Islands to withdraw from the Project Honiara undersea cable project after the contract was awarded to Huawei.
The message conveyed was that if the Solomon Islands proceeded with the project, then Australia would be forced to withdraw the licence for landing rights in Sydney.
Vocus said in a statement on Thursday morning that "its cable designs used the latest multi-terabit technology and would vastly improve the international connectivity of Papua New Guinea and bring high-speed international telecommunications to Solomon Islands for the first time".
"The project scoping study phase includes consultation with external stakeholders including the governments of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, the procurement of the cable system, and the commencement of permitting. The outcome of the scoping study phase is expected to result in the rollout of a cable system on behalf of the Australian Government commencing in 2018."
Huawei is also facing problems in the US where politicians are bringing pressure to bear on AT&T to cut commercial ties with the Chinese company.
Back in 2012, the US Congress issued a report that raised concerns about state-sponsored spying related to products made by Huawei, the biggest global maker of telecommunications equipment. The company has denied any such involvement.
In Australia, nearly six years ago, Huawei was denied any role in supplying equipment to the country's national broadband network project, following advice by ASIS, one of Australia's spy agencies.
iTWire has contacted Huawei for comment.