Designs for the building which will be the landing point for the high-speed Sunshine Coast International Broadband Submarine Cable have been revealed, as well as the contractor who will construct this core piece of the network infrastructure.

The cable landing station, located in Maroochydore, will help deliver Australia’s fastest data and telecommunications connection to Asia and the second fastest to the United States.

Following a tender process, Australian-based Vertiv, a global leader in critical infrastructure, has been awarded the contract to design and construct the cable landing station.

Vertiv has committed to maximizing the use of locally based contractors throughout the project.

The A$6.6 million cable landing station will house the terrestrial connection point for the submarine cable with landside networks and will be designed to accommodate up to four submarine cables, should that be required.

The cable landing station is funded from the A$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 fiber optic cable to connect the Sunshine Coast to the 9,600 kilometer Japan-Guam-Australia South (JGA-S) submarine cable currently being delivered by a consortium led by RTI-C.

At Guam, the JGA-S cable will connect to the SEA-US Cable System, a highly efficient Trans-Pacific cable which will forge connections between South-East Asia and the United States for more than 1.5 billion people.

The Sunshine Coast Broadband Submarine Cable Project is forecast to deliver up to 864 new jobs and stimulate A$927 million in new investment in Queensland.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said council was the first local government in Australia to secure an investment in an international submarine cable and looked forward to Vertiv’s involvement in the project.

“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. “We welcome Vertiv’s role in helping us deliver Australia’s fastest broadband connection to Asia from our healthy, smart, creative region. Council has developed a reputation for securing great prospects for the Sunshine Coast and delivering what we say we are going to do.

“Today’s commitment with Vertiv helps us to ensure the delivery of the international submarine cable connection is on track to be operational in 2020. Unlike traditional cable landing stations that are normally anonymous non-descript buildings out of view from the general public, our landing station will be designed to reflect the vision for the Maroochydore city center. The international broadband submarine cable project will help transform the Sunshine Coast economy and open up enormous opportunities for Queensland. The Sunshine Coast will provide the fastest international connection point from Queensland and Australia to Asia, providing a significant step-change in the Sunshine Coast’s attractiveness as an investment location. We will be stimulating investment and jobs growth on the Sunshine Coast thanks to the superior telecommunications connectivity and data infrastructure that we will be able to offer and this could serve to attract some of the biggest data users to our region.”

Mayor Jamieson acknowledged the significant contribution of A$15 million from the Queensland Government’s Jobs and Regional Growth Fund in helping make this investment-generating project a reality.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick welcomed this important milestone in the project, which is being undertaken with a commitment of A$15 million through the Palaszczuk Government’s Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.

“This visionary project will transform connectivity not just for the Sunshine Coast but the whole state,” Mr. Dick said. “Having high-speed communications networks, with greater reliability and capacity, positions us to grow our knowledge-based economy and will result in improved services for all Queenslanders. What we will see is a significant long-term ripple effect as a result of this project – unlocking new jobs and industries in our cities and regions. Our government is proud to support Sunshine Coast Council in delivering this infrastructure, and once again see Queensland on the front foot when it comes to digital planning for the future.”

Robert Linsdell, Managing Director of Vertiv (Australia and New Zealand) said through the development of this cable landing station, Sunshine Coast Council is taking a huge step towards future-proofing the region’s digital future.

“The importance of investing in the right internet infrastructure cannot be overstated, particularly as we enter a new era of IoT and smart cities, where reliable connectivity will be paramount to all aspects of our daily lives,” Mr. Linsdell said. “Having a vision for these new technologies is one thing, but council is going further by making this important investment and bringing its vision to reality.”