PIPE and Tyco Telecommunications complete PPC-1 undersea cable system

OCTOBER 8, 2009 -- The system will link Australia to Guam and is expected to generate increased competition in the Australian submarine cable market.

OCTOBER 8, 2009 -- PIPE International, a fully owned subsidiary of PIPE Networks Ltd., and Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, have completed the PPC-1 cable system. The completion of the 6,900-km system linking Sydney to Guam will provide enhanced connectivity to the region and, according to the companies, ultimately lower capacity costs by generating increased competition in the Australian undersea cable market.

"The on-schedule completion of PPC-1 marks a huge technological advancement for Australia," claims Bevan Slattery, PIPE Networks chief executive officer. "We are proud to have successfully accomplished what many in the industry doubted could be done. Further, we are confident this system will provide Australia with the bandwidth and competition needed to enhance both personal communications and international business efforts."

With a capacity of 2.56 Tbps over two fiber pairs and 40-Gbps capable, the PPC-1 system will provide diversity to the few existing routes in the region, in addition to onward connectivity to Asia and the United States.

"It is our sincere pleasure to congratulate PIPE on the successful completion of the PPC-1 cable system," says David Coughlan, Tyco Telecommunications president. "Through unwavering cooperation and a mutual respect for each other and the tasks at hand, our companies were able to complete a challenging project in a timely fashion. As a result, Australia will benefit for many years to come from a robust system that is comprised of the industry's most advanced subsea equipment."

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