RTI Connectivity Pte. Ltd. (RTI) announced today that installation has begun on the Japan-Guam-Australia North Cable System between Minami Boso, Japan and Piti, Guam (JGA North). JGA North is on schedule and is expected to be commercially available in 1Q 2020.

JGA North’s submersible repeaters were manufactured by NEC Corporation and the submarine cable was manufactured by OCC Corporation. JGA North lands in Minami Boso, Chiba, and is extended by terrestrial dark fibers to two neutral world-class data centers in Tokyo, providing capacity customers with easy access to RTI’s expansive network. While the initial design capacity of JGA North is 24 Tbps (Terabits per second), it is expected to be expanded significantly by adopting a higher optical signal modulation format using the latest available NEC transponders.

Dr. Jun Murai, founder of WIDE Project and professor at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, and widely recognized as one of founding fathers of the global Internet, along with other distinguished guests from Keio University and the WIDE Project, attended the cable loading ceremony hosted by RTI in August 2019.

“The JGA North cable meets the needs for the development/enhancement of the academic data highway for the enhanced research and collaboration for various academic initiatives.” said Dr. Murai.  “RTI’s unique cable network design with Guam-as-a-hub enables connectivity to institutions in key countries throughout the Asia Pacific region as well as onward connectivity to the United States.”

Garret Yoshimi, Vice President of Information Technology & Chief Information Officer of the University of Hawai’i System noted, “JGA North's high capacity connections, together with RTI's significant other investments in the region, are critical to sustainable support for global science efforts that require very large datasets transported among computational and visualization partners in real-time or near-real-time. Interconnection between JGA North and the many new and existing submarine cable assets landing in Guam, via the neutral Gateway Network Connections facility, will empower and support UH researchers and educators to engage in future-focused research and online learning collaborations with all of our institutional partners throughout the Asia Pacific region.”

JGA North will land at the Gateway Network Connections, LLC (GNC) facility in Guam. Announced in June 2019 through a strategic partnership between RTI and GTA, GNC is Guam’s first combined neutral cable landing station and data center, providing seamless interconnection for both existing and new cables between and among Asia, Australia, and the United States. With its connection to GNC, JGA North will provide critical diversity across the Asia Pacific Region, improve speeds to certain destinations, and allow for rapid provisioning, not only to RTI cables including JGA South, Hong Kong-Guam (HK-G) and Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US), but also for other Guam-landed cables that will soon be more efficiently utilized as a result the construction of GNC.

In collaboration with industry experts, a key focus of JGA North’s design was to enhance reliability. Masahiro Soma, RTI’s Chief Technology Officer, observed, “JGA North avoids passing through existing areas where seismic activity has been an ongoing issue. JGA North’s route between Japan and Guam not only increases network reliability, but it also reduces latency between certain destinations, such as Tokyo-Sydney. RTI’s ongoing investment in landing infrastructure also improves delivery.” Mr. Soma added, “RTI’s expansive network design includes backhaul and city POPs that will greatly improve accessibility and offer streamlined provisioning processes and timeframes as RTI has total control over its end-to-end services. When commercially in-service next year, 10G and 100G circuits will take only days to provision instead of months.”