A consortium including RTI Connectivity Pte. Ltd. (RTI-C), AARNet Pty Ltd (AARNet) and Google, together with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part of Nokia, and NEC Corporation (NEC: 6701) announced in April 2018 that the construction of the Japan-Guam-Australia Cable System (JGA) has officially commenced.
The 9,500-kilometer undersea fiber optic cable system will deliver a design capacity of more than 36 terabits per second (Tbps) and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.
AARNet’s investment in JGA complements its investment in the INDIGO subsea cable system, providing connectivity into North and Southeast Asia to meet the substantial growth in bandwidth demand for science, research, teaching and learning.
This will allow Australian universities to have unconstrained access to meet the big data challenges of the future.