Plans unveiled for $6.6 million Sunshine Coast submarine cable station at Maroochydore

Australian-based global leader in critical infrastructure, Vertiv, has been awarded the contract to design and construct the $6.6 million Sunshine Coast International Broadband Submarine Cable landing station.
By 2020, the Maroochydore cable landing station will help deliver Australia’s fastest data and telecommunications connection to Asia and the second fastest to the United States.
Vertiv, which has committed to using locally based contractors where possible, will build the cable landing station housing the terrestrial connection point for the submarine cable.
The cable landing station is funded from the $35 million total budget for the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Submarine Cable project.
In September, Sunshine Coast Council announced it would partner with RTI Connectivity Pty Ltd to lay a 550km undersea fibre optic cable to connect the Sunshine Coast to the 9600km Japan-Guam-Australia South (JGA-S) submarine cable currently being delivered by a consortium led by RTI-C.
The Sunshine Coast Broadband Submarine Cable Project is expected to deliver up to 864 new jobs and stimulate $927 million in new investment in Queensland.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said his council was the first local government in Australia to secure an investment in an international submarine cable.
“Our Sunshine Coast is fast becoming a digital leader and the submarine cable network will help to position our region as a key digital trading location from Australia,” Mayor Jamieson said.
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