- Last updated:
- 20 Dec 2019
Council is facilitating the landing of a new international submarine cable to Maroochydore by mid-2020. The cable will stimulate local business, generate new investment, and improve telecommunications diversity to Australia’s east coast.
The Sunshine Coast International Broadband Submarine Cable Project is aligned to our region positioning itself as Australia’s leading smart city region.
This region-shaping project will help to future proof the Sunshine Coast's telecommunications capacity and increase our region's smart city capability by ensuring access to important data networks.
About the project
From 2020, the Sunshine Coast will offer the fastest data and telecommunications transmission from the eastern seaboard of Australia to Asia and the second fastest to the United States thanks to a new international submarine cable contract agreed between Sunshine Coast Council and RTI Connectivity Pty Ltd (RTI-C).
The new cable will increase Queensland’s international competitiveness and stimulate new investment.
Independent modelling forecasts that this cable will generate for Queensland:
- up to 864 new jobs and
- up to $927 million in new investment.
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 includes a 550 kilometre undersea fibre optic cable that will connect the Sunshine Coast to the 9,600 kilometre Japan-Guam-Australia-South (JGA-S) submarine cable.
On the world business map
The cable will put the Sunshine Coast on the international business map as a leading investment destination for commerce and industry.
We expect to attract the attention of the world’s biggest data users and those looking for a location with superior telecommunications and data infrastructure.
For the local community, the project will, over time, lead to faster, more affordable broadband access and stimulate investment that will create hundreds of new jobs.
The Sunshine Coast submarine cable project well and truly marks us as Australia’s healthy, smart, creative region.
Where to from here
The project has started and is expected to be operational by 2020, once the submarine cable comes ashore and is in service mid next year.
The newly constructed $7.2 million cable landing station facility was complete on the 26 September 2019. Once operational, the cable landing station will house the connection point for the international submarine cable with land-side communication networks.
Connecting the submarine cable to the cable landing station will require land-side works to be undertaken, with installation activity for the sea and land components of the Sunshine Coast submarine cable is currently underway and works are expected to be complete by October.
For more information about the cable, visit Invest Campaign website.
Read council's media release.
Watch a video about the project.
Read the frequently asked questions.
Read the fact sheet about the cable installation.
For more information, please contact council’s International Broadband Submarine Cable Project team by emailing email@example.com.