Okinawa chooses NTT Communications Corp to install an underwater cable connecting Okinawa, areas around Tokyo and Asian countries

Okinawa chooses NTT Communications Corp to install an underwater cable connecting Okinawa, areas around Tokyo and Asian countries

An image of the international communication infrastructure running through Okinawa.


July 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government chose Tokyo-based NTT Communications Corp to install an underwater cable connecting Okinawa, areas around Tokyo and Asian countries on July 17. With a vision to make Okinawa an information hub for Asia, the government will work on developing a new international communication network.

Through a high-speed network with large capacity and less exposure to earthquakes than other parts of Japan, the government will promote information industries such as server backup and content delivery services.

After acquiring materials, the company plans to install the underwater fiber optic cable, which will be laid in the Pacific Ocean. The prefectural government will help to pay a bil-lion yen of the construction cost.

The government plans to buy 20-year long-term rights to use the cable connecting Okina-wa, areas around Tokyo and Hong Kong, and Singapore at a cost of about 6.6 billion yen from the company.

The prefectural government plans to attract companies in and outside Japan by providing communication services at prices as low as areas around Tokyo.
The project will officially start next autumn.

Hitoshi Nakaema of the Okinawa Prefectural Government said, “As many IT companies tap into the Okinawan market, bringing an increase in employees, we would like to develop human resources and jobs in the prefecture.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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