AUSTRALIA has another cable connection to
the outside world, following an announcement from NEC and RTI Connectivity they
have successfully completed the Japan-Guam-Australia North Cable System (JGA North).
According to the official announcement,
the cable has an initial minimum design capacity of 24 terabits per second,
increasing to 30 Tbps in the coming year.
The full cable system runs from Sydney and Maroochydore
on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast through Piti, on the island of Guam, before
connecting to Minamiboso in Japan, near Tokyo. The JGA North section (Tokyo to
Guam) is about 2700km long, while JGA South – the connection from the Sunshine
Coast to Guam – is about 7000km long and came online in March.
The cable will provide better and faster internet
connections to not only Japan but also to the US via the SEA-US cable, with a
connection from Guam to Hong Kong (HK-G cable) also scheduled for completion in
the second half of next year
NEC Submarine Network Division head Atsushio Kuwahara
said the company was proud it had completed the JGA project so quickly.
“The construction of every submarine cable system
presents a unique set of challenges, and the building of JGA was not immune to
this,” he said.
“But by closely cooperating with RTI, we overcame
tremendous obstacles and successfully completed JGA North on-time. Fast and
reliable connectivity to the Internet is essential for everyone, and NEC will
continue to contribute to the expansion of connectivity for society.”
The official announcement said the JGA cables were
already making tremendous improvements by establishing the fastest path between
Tokyo and Sydney, “delivering essential network diversity between Japan,
Australia, the United States, and expanding onward connectivity options over
RTI’s Guam-connected hub-and-spoke network”.
The completion of the cable system has particularly
importance for Queensland, as it will provide the fastest data connection point
from the Sunshine State to Asia.
In its official page
about the JGA south project, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council said the
project (notably the Maroochydore connection to the cable) was forecast to
deliver up to 864 new jobs and stimulate $927 million in new investment to
The Sunshine Coast Regional Council site further notes:
landing station houses the connection point for the international submarine
cable with landside communication networks. This vital piece of infrastructure
has the capacity to cater for four submarine cables and house 24 data cabinets.
businesses will, for the first time, be able to bypass Sydney and connect
direct internationally. This will provide business with a range of new
opportunities that come with increased speed and diversity. This connectivity
will give major data-intensive companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and
Microsoft the opportunity to revisit the benefits of where they locate their
will help stimulate local business, generate new investment and improve
telecommunications diversity to Australia’s east coast. The cable will help to
future proof the Sunshine Coast telecommunications capacity and increase our
smart city capability, ensuring access to important data networks”
From a gaming perspective – if you notice an improvement in your ping,
reduction in lag, and increase in download speeds from Asia and the US, the JGA
cable might have something to do with it.
After all, more undersea connections mean more
internet, and more internet is a good thing for gaming – and pretty much
everything else in the modern world, too.