The Sunshine Coast will outshine the big smoke when it comes to faster internet speed, following the announcement that the Japan-Guam-Australia South (JGA-S) subsea cable will land at Maroochydore in 2019.
The project to bring the high-speed submarine data cable to the region has been a long-term endeavour of the Sunshine Coast Council.
According to the Council and the Queensland Government, its arrival is expected to add $927 million to the state economy and provide 864 jobs on the Sunshine Coast.
The JGA-S subsea cable is hoped to entice more major businesses north as the new cable will send electronic traffic faster than the Sydney route because it’s geographically closer to major business hot spots of mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan and the West Coast of the United States.
“The Sunshine Coast offers tremendous opportunities,” said Brad Jones, general manager of SSKB’s Developer Consultancy Team.
“Over the past few years the region has seen a lot of major infrastructure projects such as investment in the Airport, University Hospital and Sun Central. With the addition of this new fast-speed internet link, the region is poised to become one of the major growth regions of Queensland.
“Now would be the time to invest.”
Installation of the submarine cable will be overseen by Alcatel Submarine Network (ASN) and is expected to be completed by the first half of 2020. JGA-S is expected to be completed in 2019. The JGA cable system will stretch around 9500 kilometres and offer up to 36Tbps of capacity.