2 Dec 2009

US military behind laying of new cable from Marshall Islands to Guam

7:35 am on 2 December 2009

The US military is the driving force behind the laying of new submarine fiber optic cable in the Pacific as it's set to receive better data on its missile tests.

The cable will be laid from the Marshall Islands to Guam.

As our correspondent, Giff Johnson reports, the military that operates a missile testing range at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshalls, will benefit from the initiative.

"The US military doesn't have the bandwidth to deliver in so called real time. It has to send large groups of people out to Kwajalein to do the testing. With the cable project, what the military envisions is that technicians can sit at MIT in Massachusetts or in wherever, and have second by second, minute by minute access to missile testing data as it's happening."

Giff Johnson.