Maroochydore cable connects our shores with the world

Sea cables carry more than 99 per cent of transmitted international data – almost at the speed of light – and are the blood vessels of the global digital economy.

Sep 02, 2020, updated Sep 07, 2020
JGA-S submarine cable to the entrance to the Maroochydore CBD.

JGA-S submarine cable to the entrance to the Maroochydore CBD.

The Japan-Guam-Australia South (JGA-S) cable is the first to be connected with the eastern seaboard other than at Sydney. The JGA-S will span 7,000km, connecting Australia to the Asia Pacific via Guam. While its ultimate destination is Sydney, the cable will include a branch connection to the Sunshine Coast.

“Up until now, sea cables connecting Australia to the western Pacific and the US have landed in Sydney (Perth is connected by cable to Asia), making the link to Maroochydore a first. The focus on Sydney is a legacy issue dating back to early 1900’s when the first telegraph cable linking Australia to the rest of the world went there,” says Bhavin Patel, JLL Research Director.

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