The Southern Cross Cable connecting New Zealand to Australia and the US is to be substantially upgraded.
A tender is expected to be issued in March to lift the cable's capacity from 240GB per second to 1.2TB per second by installing new equipment in the 10 cable stations around the Pacific. The project will use dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology to achieve the speed boost.
A decision on the tender is expected mid year with work to begin in the third quarter.
Southern Cross Cable Network also announced $454 million in new sales for the six months ended December 2006.