STL to support Vocus Project Horizon in Australia

Oct. 10, 2022
The AUS$1 billion Project Horizon includes establishment of a fiber backbone between Perth and Port Hedland as well as interconnection with a pair of submarine cables that land in Port Hedland.

STL (NSE:STLTECH) says it will supply fiber-optic cables to Vocus Group in support of the Australian service provider’s Project Horizon effort in Western Australia.

The AUS$1 billion ($630 million) Project Horizon includes establishment of a fiber backbone between Perth and Port Hedland as well as interconnection with a pair of submarine cables that land in Port Hedland. The Perth-to-Port Hedland route will complete Vocus’s national fiber backbone.

“Project Horizon is Vocus’s largest fiber infrastructure project and will provide the first competitive fiber through Australia’s resources region. The network has been designed with transmission capacity of 38 Tbps per fiber pair,” stated Kevin Russell, Group CEO, Vocus Group. “STL’s optical solutions provide an efficient path for Vocus to upgrade and support higher-capacity wavelengths at lower incremental costs and will play an important role in delivering high-speed and low-latency fiber infrastructure in Australia.”

STL and Vocus already had a relationship, as the India-based STL previously has supplied Vocus with elements of its Opticonn portfolio for brownfield network build projects (see "Vocus Australia to deploy STL's Opticonn line for fiber network expansion"). “We are excited to strengthen our partnership with Vocus,” said Paul Atkinson, CEO, Optical Networking Business, STL. “STL is working closely with network creators in Australia to help build advanced optical networks. We are confident that, with our purpose-engineered optical networking solutions, we will support Vocus in this rollout and help them deliver high speed, high-capacity networks for the country."

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