Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network project
  • Last updated:
  • 27 Feb 2020

Queensland’s first direct international data and telecommunications connection to global markets is on track for mid-2020.

Once the network is operational, the Sunshine Coast will provide the fastest international connection point from Queensland and east Australia to Asia, a significant step-change to attract investment to the region.

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.

About the project

Council has facilitated the landing of a new international submarine cable to Maroochydore following an international submarine cable contract agreed between Sunshine Coast Council and RTI Connectivity Pty Ltd (RTI-C).

The project includes the installation of a 550km undersea fibre optic cable which connects the Sunshine Coast to the 7000km Japan-
Guam-Australia South (JGA-S) submarine cable. The cable which is laid out or buried under the sea floor, connects to the cable landing station adjacent to the new Maroochydore City Centre.

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.

The Sunshine Coast cable project is forecast to deliver up to 864 new jobs and stimulate $927 million in new investment in Queensland.

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.

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 delivery of the Sunshine Coast Broadband Network is on track to be operational by mid-2020.

More information

For more information about investment opportunities, visit Invest Sunshine Coast website.

Read council's media release.

Watch a video about the project.

Read the frequently asked questions[444KB].

Read the fact sheet about the cable installation[4995KB]

Contact

For more information, please contact council’s International Broadband Submarine Cable Project team by emailing cableproject@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.