San Francisco, California and Piti, Guam, June 25, 2019 –The management teams of RTI and GTA have entered into a joint venture and are constructing the Gateway Network Connections, LLC (GNC) facility that will serve as Guam’s first combined neutral Cable Landing Station (CLS) and Data Center (DC).
Guam will land several new cables in the near future, including new 100G cables already scheduled to land at GNC’s facility in 2019 and 2020. GNC is a new build and will be located adjacent to GTA’s existing CLS where the Southeast Asia-United States Cable System (SEA-US) lands. GNC will provide seamless interconnection for both existing and new cables seeking onward connectivity between and among Asia, Australia and the United States. GNC further elevates the importance of Guam as a vital hub for undersea cables.
Guam as an Essential Telecommunications Hub
Scheduled for completion in 1Q 2020, GNC will be an 11,800-square-foot (1,096 square meter) Type 3 designed data center with approximately 250 racks of capacity and 2 megawatts of power. The purpose-built facility is engineered to withstand Category 5 hurricane conditions and tsunami flooding.
RTI is an experienced cable owner and its affiliates will soon be completing construction on new 100G cables that will land on Guam, including the Japan-Guam-Australia North Cable System (JGA North) connecting Tokyo and Guam, the Japan-Guam-Australia South Cable System (JGA South) connecting Sydney and Guam, with a branch to Australia’s Sunshine Coast, and the Hong Kong-Guam Cable System (HK-G) connecting Hong Kong and Guam. GTA is the incumbent operator on Guam, and it is also an experienced cable owner, consortium member and landing party. GTA’s most recent success was its early completion of the Piti-I CLS where SEA-US’s 100G cable has been commercially in-service since 2017. JGA North, JGA South and HK-G will interconnect with each other at GNC’s neutral facility, and GTA’s network across Guam will allow for seamless connectivity between GNC and other active cables landed on Guam.
“GNC provides rapid and seamless connectivity inside a carrier-neutral facility, enabling all cable owners to maximize the utilization of their cables by cross-connecting at our state-of-the-art facility,” said Russ Matulich, CEO of RTI. “Our customers require quick access to network capacity and flexible interconnection services between mission critical networks, cloud and connectivity providers in a single, secure environment.”
The GNC site plays a crucial role in the next generation of global communications. Technology giants, global enterprises, cloud-service providers, academic institutions and content providers see Guam as a vital intersection for high-speed networks. The GNC facility is well-equipped to support – and enable – the intense data demands of the modern world.
“The ease of interconnecting between and among cables is the key to maximizing any cable investment,” said Brett Lay, President of RTI. “Interconnecting in a neutral environment allows our customers to port capacity to and from any cable on the RTI network. Portable capacity can now be realized not only because of GNC’s efficient design, but also due to GTA’s state-of-the-art network on Guam. Upon its completion in 1Q 2020, GNC will make it efficient and easy.”
Critical Infrastructure for the Asia-Pacific Region
GNC is the Asia-Pacific intersection for SEA-US West, SEA-US East, HK-G, JGA North and JGA South. The GNC facility is designed to accommodate at least five additional cable systems and GNC will provide critical connectivity to other active cable systems on Guam.
As a key landing site and crucial connection point for several Asia-Pacific cable systems, GNC will help enable high-speed digital communications throughout the region and across the Pacific Ocean to the mainland U.S.
“GNC will unlock the value of more than $3 billion in undersea cables that land on Guam,” said Roland Certeza, CEO of GTA. “GTA has the largest buried fiber footprint on Guam, which allows us to provide additional protection. In addition to the SEA-US Cable System in our Piti-I facility, GTA will also provide 24/7/365 technical support as part of our joint venture with RTI in GNC. GNC’s neutrality ensures a level playing field for both large and small companies who rely on Guam as a reliable neutral hub to and from Asia.”
“Guam has always had strategic importance in the telecommunications field,” said Lou Leon Guerrero, Governor of Guam. “This investment underscores our administration’s commitment to strengthening our telecommunications infrastructure and ultimately providing new economic opportunities for our island. We congratulate GTA and their partners in achieving this important milestone, and we look forward to their continued contributions to our island and people.”
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