Southern Cross commissions new US access point in San Jose

August 19, 2002--Southern Cross Cable Network, a provider of fully protected international bandwidth between Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, and the US announced the commissioning of a new US access point.

Aug 19th, 2002

Southern Cross Cable Network, a provider of fully protected international bandwidth between Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, and the US announced the commissioning of a new US access point.

The new access point in San Jose, CA, will substantially improve access for Southern Cross customers into key Internet and telecommunications markets in the United States, including Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

"The new San Jose access point is located at Market Post Tower, which currently houses the world's most famous Internet peering point, MAE West," says Ross Pfeffer, director of Asia-Pacific at Southern Cross. "Virtually all of the network access points and data centers in the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area connect to Market Post Tower via high-speed local fiber rings."

Seventy percent of the Internet traffic from the Western United States and 40% of the world's Internet traffic passes through the building that houses the new
Southern Cross access point, adds Pheffer.

Access for Southern Cross customers to the US mainland to date has been provided via two Southern Cross cable stations at Hillsboro, OR, and Morro Bay, CA. The addition of the new San Jose access point will provide three terrestrial access points for the Southern Cross Cable Network on the US mainland and will be one of ten access points now available to Southern Cross customers internationally.

The commissioning of the San Jose access point is one of a number of upgrades currently underway on the Southern Cross Cable Network. The company recently increased protected network capacity from 80 to 130 Gigabits as part of an upgrade program that will culminate in 240 Gigabits of fully protected capacity being commissioned in early 2003.

For more information about the Southern Cross Cable Network, contact Sarah Berry at sarah.berry@sccn.co.nz.

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