RTI and GTA announced that 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). GNC is a new build and will be located adjacent to GTA’s existing Piti-I CLS. JGA North, JGA SouthHK-G, SEA-US and SxS 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.

RTI and GTA didn't announce the shareholder sutructure of GNC. According to FCC Public Notice on JGA North submarine cable licensing, GNC will be 51% owned by Asia Connectivity Elements Pte. Ltd.(ACE), a Singapore company, and 49% owned by Teleguam Holdings,LLC (GTA), a Guam company. ACE is owned 50 percent by Mr. Russell Matulich and 50 percent by Mr. Choo Wee Tiong, a Singapore citizen and Senior Vice President of RTI Solutions. RTI has the majority control over GNC.

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, the SxS connecting Guam and California, the SEA-US connecting Indonesia, Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and Los Angeles.

RTI Subsea Cable Network
RTI Subsea Cable Network, Source: RTI

 

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.

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.

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.

GNC is the Asia-Pacific intersection for SEA-US West, SEA-US East, HK-G, JGA North, JGA South, SxS. 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.