Telstra announced its first large capacity purchase for the New Cross Pacific (NCP) submarine cable system connecting Japan to the U.S. The company also made further investments in the Faster submarine network. According to Telstra Enterprise Group Executive Michael Ebeid, Telstra’s investments are part of a long-term strategy to capture data demand across Asia and the Pacific.
“Building on the capacity, resiliency and the footprint of our already vast subsea network is a key part of our international growth strategy,” says Ebeid. “Following Telstra’s purchase of PacNet in 2015, we have strategically invested in additional capacity and infrastructure to meet the increasing demand for data right across the Asia Pacific region, carefully mapping our international paths and investment.”
Last December, Telstra agreed to purchase a 25% stake in Southern Cross Cable Network (see “Telstra to buy 25% stake in Southern Cross Cable Network, lease capacity in Southern Cross NEXT”). The company also boosted Asia-to-US operations over the last year with a half fiber pair investment in the Hong Kong-Americas submarine cable and a 6-Tbps capacity purchase in the Pacific Light Cable Networks cable, both with a 2020 completion date. Prior to that, Telstra invested in the INDIGO cable system from Southeast Asia to Australia. Telstra says its submarine network footprint now reaches more than 400,000 km.
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