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February 09, 2021

New AARNet terabit network to North Asia goes live for research and education

Sydney, Australia – 9 February 2021. AARNet, Australia’s Academic and Research Network, today announced the launch of high-bandwidth services delivering one terabit per second on the AARNet spectrum of the new Japan-Guam-Australia South subsea cable system (JGA South) connecting Sydney, Australia and Piti, Guam.

Lighting JGA South extends the reach of the AARNet network into North Asia and provides AARNet with additional connectivity options across the Pacific Ocean via Guam to North America.

AARNet CEO Chris Hancock said the new JGA South link complements AARNet’s investment in the Indigo subsea cable link connecting Sydney, Perth and Singapore, and improves the diversity and resilience of dedicated high-performing international connectivity for big science, research and education.

“JGA South forms an essential link to all points north in Asia and this link, along with all our long term investments in international infrastructure, provides AARNet with the control to meet the future growth in collaborative research and transnational education between Australia and our important partners in Asia and beyond,” said Hancock.

The JGA South subsea cable system was developed by a consortium comprising AARNet, Google and RTI. AARNet is the landing party for the Sydney end of the cable and was responsible for selecting and fitting out the landing station; a new terrestrial cable from the station to the beach; and a new bore pipe out to sea.

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