The Queensland Government partnered with the Sunshine Coast Council on the delivery of the $35 million Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network project. The project secured the landing of an undersea, fibre-optic broadband cable resulting in Australia’s fastest data and telecommunications transmission speeds to Asia.
Under the project, RTI Connectivity built a 9600-kilometre submarine cable between Japan, Guam and Australia (JGA), and a 550-kilometre branch to connect the JGA cable to a landing station at Maroochydore.
The landing station is situated adjacent to the Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area. This is a transformative development for the fast-growing Sunshine Coast, delivering the only international cable landing on the east coast of Australia outside of Sydney.
Being able to offer Australia’s fastest international data connection point to Asia, is a significant step-change in the Sunshine Coast’s attractiveness as an investment location.
In 2021, Sunshine Coast Council transferred the Cable Landing Station to NEXTDC, an established and well-credentialed data centre provider and operator, further enhancing the region’s competitive advantages to future-focused organisations.