The Southern Cross Cable is to triple its network capacity through a series of upgrades, with the first beginning on May 15.
The cable is currently operating at 20Gbit/s but the next upgrade, which was due at the end of the year, has been brought forward. This will give the cable 60Gbit/s capacity.
“The capacity currently on-stream has been insufficient to satisfy customer demand,” says Ross Pfeffer, spokesman for the company, which is half owned by Telecom NZ. The next planned upgrade for the cable is in September and is scheduled to provide 80Gbit/s. The year 2002 sees a move to 240Gbit/s, although the potential is there to increase the capacity to 480Gbit/s after that.