The Australia Japan Cable (AJC) project is nearing completion, with connection to Sydney's shores now under way.
The $US500 million project, which spans more than 12,000 kilometres between Australia and Japan via Guam, is on schedule to meet a commercial operation timeframe of late December 2001.
When the final 3500 kilometres of cable is laid, the cable will have a design capacity of 640Gbps.
AJC chief executive officer Robin Russell, said, "Australia Japan Cable will provide a valuable link between the two countries and provide telecommunications companies and other large data users with flexible access to Asian and North American markets through interconnection points in Guam and Japan."
Major shareholders in the AJC project include WorldCom, Japan Telecom, Telstra, NTT, Teleglobe and the AT&T/BT Concert alliance.