Sunshine Coast international submarine cable construction begins

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Construction has begun on the $35 million Sunshine Coast International Broadband Submarine Cable network project, which will provide Australia’s fastest data and telecommunications transmission speeds to Asia.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the cable will prove a key catalyst in boosting the local economy.

“This exciting project will see an undersea fibre optic cable built to connect the Sunshine Coast and Queensland directly to Asia and the United States,” Mr Dick said.

“The cable will be a major business and investment drawcard, particularly for enterprises with large data requirements.

“Connecting Queensland directly to a major international hub will future-proof our digital infrastructure and provide massive economic stimulus for the Sunshine Coast.

“An independent assessment commissioned by council estimates the project will create up to 864 new jobs and could add $927 million to our state’s economy.

“This is a transformative development for the fast-growing Sunshine Coast, delivering the only international cable landing on the east coast of Australia outside of Sydney.

“The Palaszczuk Government is proud to support Sunshine Coast Council in delivering this visionary infrastructure with $15 million funding through our $150 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.”

Sunshine Coast Council will invest the additional $20 million to deliver the $35 million Sunshine Coast International Broadband Submarine Cable network project.

RTI Connectivity are building a 9600-kilometre submarine cable between Japan, Guam and Australia (JGA), and a 550-kilometre branch would connect the JGA cable to a new landing station at Maroochydore.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said the council is the first local government in Australia that’s been able to secure investment in an international broadband submarine cable.

“The cable will provide the Sunshine Coast and Queensland with direct data and telecommunications connectivity to Japan, Hong Kong and the United States, increasing the speed and capacity of Queensland’s international connections,” Mr Jamieson said.

“Our Sunshine Coast is fast becoming a digital leader, and the submarine cable network will help position our region as a key digital trading hub from Australia.

“By now being able to offer Australia’s fastest international data connection point to Asia, this will provide a significant step-change in the Sunshine Coast’s attractiveness as an investment location.

“We will be stimulating investment and jobs growth on the Sunshine Coast thanks to the superior telecommunications connectivity and data infrastructure that we will be able to offer – and this project is already generating substantial investment interest”.

The submarine cable network is expected to be in service by mid-2020.

The landing station is situated adjacent to the Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Cameron Dick

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Cameron Dick, Queensland Government, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
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