Sunshine Coast’s Ambition to be Australia’s Smart City Well on Track

Friday 7 September, 2018 | By: Colin Fruk

In a historic milestone for the Sunshine Coast region, Mayor Mark Jamieson has announced Council’s success in securing a contract to deliver Australia’s fastest telecommunications connection to Asia.

In partnership with TI Connectivity Pty Ltd (RTI-C), the proposed 550km undersea fibre optic cable will connect the Sunshine Coast to the 9600km Japan-Guam-Australia South (JGA-S) submarine cable that is currently being delivered by a consortium involving RTI-C, Google and AARNet.

Businesses in the region have welcomed the news and are optimistic about the infinite opportunities of remarkably better access to the global marketplace, particularly into Asia which has been and remains the global trade powerhouse.

With Queensland businesses harnessing ‘natural talent’ which complement the opportunities we currently see in Asia – from resources, technology, services through to food security – the new submarine cable will assist them in making the most of the opportunities of the Asian century.

The announcement of the new cable has instilled confidence in the Sunshine Coast business community, that the region is well placed to participate in and take advantage of a rapidly changing, technology-driven global economy.

But the magnitude of this infrastructure investment will undoubtedly yield benefits far beyond the Sunshine Coast region, providing global connectivity to Queensland as a State but also Australia on the whole.

The project’s economic benefits include the creation of over 850 new jobs and almost $1 billion in new investment in Queensland ($927 million). The undersea cable connection and associated land infrastructure will receive joint funding by Council and the Queensland Government to the tune of $35 million.

This major announcement today sets the region on course to achieve Council’s vision for a smart economy – a prosperous, high-value economy of choice of business, investment and employment.

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