Vocus Communications says it has connected its Australia Singapore Cable to its terrestrial network. After a short period of testing, Vocus says the submarine cable network will be ready for service on September 14.
Partner Alcatel Submarine Networks finished deploying the 4600-km Australia Singapore Cable undersea network this past July, marking the end of a 20-month, $170 milllion effort (see “Vocus taps Alcatel Submarine Networks for Australia Singapore Cable submarine network”). The submarine network lands in Perth and connects to Equinix data centers on each end (see “Equinix data centers to link to Australia Singapore Cable system”). The submarine cable system features four fiber pairs and an initial design capacity of 40 Tbps, with support of 100-Gbps wavelengths.
“The Australia Singapore Cable [ASC] provides the newest, quickest, and most direct route into Asia with the largest increase of international connectivity for Australia into the fastest growing data region in the world,” said Vocus Group Managing Director and CEO Kevin Russell. “The technology deployed on the ASC has been selected to easily integrate with the intelligent network management platform Vocus is currently rolling out, offering superior latency over comparable systems.
With the Australia Singapore Cable system close to operation, Vocus and Alcatel Submarine Networks will turn their attention to the Coral Sea Cable System, a new submarine network on which the two will collaborate on behalf of the Australian Government. The 4000-km submarine network will link Australia with Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands (see “Vocus Group chooses Alcatel Submarine Networks for Coral Sea Cable System submarine network construction”).
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