A Sunshine Coast-based Auscom has secured a contract to provide a key part of the International Broadband Submarine Cable Network linking Australia to Asia.
Under the $1 million contract, the company will deliver the land side fibre network which will connect the beach landing to the cable landing station at Maud Street, Maroochydore.
Once the network is operational in mid-2020, the Sunshine Coast will provide the fastest international connection point from Queensland and east Australia to Asia.
The $35 million Sunshine Coast International Broadband Submarine Cable project is a jointly funded initiative between Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland Government through its Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said: “It was less than a year ago that council signed contracts with a consortium led by RTI Connectivity to deliver the international broadband submarine cable to the Sunshine Coast.
“Council is the only local government in Australia to secure an investment in an international submarine cable and works have begun on the installation phase ensuring that the connection is on track to be operational by mid-2020.
“Our Sunshine Coast is fast becoming a digital leader and the submarine cable network will help position our region as a key digital trading location from Australia. We will be stimulating investment and jobs growth on the Sunshine Coast thanks to the superior telecommunications connectivity and data infrastructure we will be able to offer. This could serve to attract some of the biggest data users to our region.
“Once again, our council is at the forefront of thinking outside the square, securing new revenue sources and pursuing opportunities to generate economic and employment growth as a major dividend for our residents, thus ensuring we continue to be Australia’s healthy, smart, creative region.”
Divisional Councillor Jason O’Pray said: “The project will provide direct international communications from the Sunshine Coast – the only non-capital city location in Australia to have such an opportunity. Over time, the cable will lead to a reduction in international communications costs for business.
“This will encourage investment and employment on the Sunshine Coast and will provide benefits for decades to come. In the interim, as always, we appreciate local residents’ patience during these works.”
Auscom director Chris Douglas added: “We are excited to work on this project with Sunshine Coast Council, connecting the submarine cable between Maroochydore Beach and the landing station.
“We believe this network will bring growth and opportunity to businesses not only on the Sunshine Coast, but further afield and we are proud to be involved.”
This stage of works is expected to be completed by October 2019.