By Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefecture Government (OPG) plans to lay about 915 kilometers of submarine optical cable to the remote islands from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2016 in order to modernise communication tools such as the Internet. The cable will be connected between the main Island of Okinawa and its remote islands by August 2016. Residents living in islands near the main island of Okinawa, Miyako Islands and Yaeyama Islands, will be able to use advanced communications, at large capacity and low-cost. The OPG aims to attract telecommunications companies such as call centers to create jobs in the remote islands. It plans to use the loop cable system for the remote islands during possible disasters and emergencies such as earthquakes and typhoons.

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