Japan-Guam-Australia submarine data cable project completed

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.”

Workers spool the JGA North cable into the cable tank aboard the cable-laying vessel.

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 Queensland.

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council site further notes:

“The cable 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.

Queensland 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 Australian investments.

The project 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.