JGA North subsea cable goes live

JGA North subsea cable goes live

06 July 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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RTI Connectivity Pte (RTI) and NEC Corporation (NEC) have completed the Japan-Guam-Australia North Cable System (JGA North).

Spanning approximately 2,700km in length JGA North lands in Minami-Boso, Japan and Piti, Guam with an initial design capacity of 24Tbps minimum, increasing to 30Tbps over the next year.

"JGA North's on-time completion is extraordinary. The subsea cable experts on the ground and at sea overcame obstacle-after-obstacle by closely collaborating – an art that has become a standard practice over many years,” said Russ Matulich, CEO of RTI.

“It resulted in JGA North's remarkable on-time, and under budget, completion. This exceptional outcome – against all odds – confirms what the industry already knows: money doesn't get cables built; relationships do. RTI is extremely grateful to our many friends that rose up to the challenge, especially the engineering teams, marine experts, and other subject matter experts who are often overlooked. JGA North's success is yours."

JGA North interconnects with Japan-Guam-Australia South (JGA South) in Guam, extending the cable's reach to both Sydney's Central Business District and Australia's Sunshine Coast.

Both cables create the fastest path between Tokyo and Sydney, delivering essential network diversity between Japan, Australia, the US, and expanding onward connectivity options over RTI's Guam-connected hub-and-spoke network.

"NEC is proud that we successfully completed this project in such a rapid timeframe. The construction of every submarine cable system presents a unique set of challenges, and the building of JGA was not immune to this,” added Atsushi Kuwahara, general manager of NEC's submarine network division.

“But by closely cooperating with RTI, we overcame tremendous obstacles and successfully completed JGA North on-time. Fast and reliable connectivity to the Internet is essential for everyone, and NEC will continue to contribute to the expansion of connectivity for society."

JGA North, is the northern part of the Japan-Guam-Australia Cable System between Minami-Boso, Japan and Piti, Guam, manufactured and built by NEC.

The system was funded by proceeds from Japanese financial institutions, including the Fund Corporation for the Overseas Development of Japan's ICT and Postal Services and NEC Capital Solutions.

While JGA South, between Piti, Guam, the Sunshine Coast and Sydney, Australia, was manufactured and co-built by NEC and ASN and has been in service since March 2020.