Southern Cross boosts US capacity times four

Says technology can be extended to undersea cables

Southern Cross Cables, the company that operates the trans-Tasman cable and links between New Zealand and the US, is boosting its US terrestrial network capacity by a factor of four.

The company is using Nortel 40G technology to boost the pipe and, therefore, the types of services its customers can offer, the company says. Services such as high definition video, streaming media and more will be boosted by the move.

However, local users may have to wait to see the benefits.

"We are also looking at the potential for this 40G technology to be deployed on our longer distance submarine segments," says Dean Veverka, VP of operations at Southern Cross. "This ensures our service provider customers are guaranteed high levels of service as they continue to meet demand for innovative services in their respective markets."

Anthony Mclachlan, VP of carrier networks in Asia for Nortel says the Australian government's committment to build a high-speed, fibre broadband network for most of the population over the next four years, means consumer demand will increase in the region.

Southern Cross says a further upgrade to 100Gb is possible through the technology.

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