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New cable connects Australia to Asia and US

A section of international submarine cable is being directionally drilled to connect telecommunications between Asia and the US

Australia’s newest international telecommunications connection is now under construction, using trenchless to install sections of the cable.

The Sunshine Coast Council has contracted Coe Drilling, which has recently commenced horizontal direction drilling (HDD) works for the shore crossing and beach manhole installations at Maroochydore, Queensland.

The works involve the installation of two fibreoptic steel ducts, which are 680 m in length terminating in 13 m of water.

The project comprises a 550 km undersea fibreoptic cable, which will connect the Sunshine Coast to the existing 9,600 km Japan Guam – Australia South submarine cable.

The challenging location of an undersea cable requires experience and knowledge in the design and engineering phase to minimise risk of project execution and potential legal issues.

Coe started in the HDD industry in Australia in the 1990s and has a history of servicing telecommunications with the installation of the first fibreoptic infrastructure network.

For more information visit the Coe Drilling website.

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