Construction work on the Sunshine Coast connection to the JGA-South submarine optical fiber cable system has begun.

Development Minister Cameron Dick announced the construction of the new Maroochydore landing station over the weekend.

The landing station will house the connection point of the new 550 km underwater diversion cable that will be constructed to connect Queensland to the 9,600 km cable under construction between Guam and Australia.

Vertiv won the $ 6.6 million contract for the construction of what will be the only cable landing station on the east coast of Australia outside of Sydney last November.

The new submarine cable branch in Queensland is a $ 35 million project jointly funded by the Sunshine Coast Council – which has invested $ 20 million – and the Queensland Government.

It will be connected to the JGA-South cable being built by RTI Connectivity, Google and AARNet to improve connectivity from Australia to Asia and the United States.

When completed by the end of 2019, the 9,600 km cable should provide more than 36 Tbps, according to AARNet.

In announcing the start of construction, Dick said the cable has huge potential for boosting the local economy.

"The cable will be a major attraction for businesses and investments, especially for companies with high data needs," he said.

According to an independent evaluation of the project, the cable could bring $ 927 million to the state's economy and create 864 additional jobs.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson also said the new infrastructure was likely to boost employment and investment.

"The cable will provide the Sunshine Coast and Queensland with direct data and telecommunications connectivity in Japan, Hong Kong and the United States, increasing the speed and capacity of Queensland's international connections," he said. declared.

"Being able to offer Australia's fastest international data connection point to Asia will dramatically change the attractiveness of the Sunshine Coast as a place to invest."

Queensland's cable network branch is expected to be operational by mid-2020.