Optical undersea cable laid between neighboring islands for high-speed telecommunications

Optical undersea cable laid between neighboring islands for high-speed telecommunications

On the afternoon of January 10 at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Hall, Governor Takeshi Onaga (left) and students of Yonaguni Elementary School share their thoughts over live video using optical cables.


January 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimp

On January 10, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) held a ceremony at the OPG Hall and DiDiYonaguni Interchange Hall in Yonaguni to commemorate the completion of the remote island telecommunication infrastructure improvement project which connects Okinawa Island and neighboring islands by an optical undersea cable. As the ceremony proceeded, it was televised in both venues on a large screen using the optical cable.

The connection of Okinawa Island and selected remote islands by the optical cable means high-speed broadband is now available for residents. Governor Takeshi Onaga said, “We will continue to improve the fiber-optic network in each island. Improving Wi-Fi services will promote various areas such as tourism, disaster prevention, medical services, distance learning and so on.”

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana) 

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