New Singapore-Australia cable coming

A new telecommunications cable system between Singapore and Sydney will become a reality once a broad proposal by Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), Australia's Cable & Wireless Optus and Telecom New Zealand gets the go-ahead.

The submarine cable will be built linking Singapore, Jakarta, Indonesia, and Perth, Australia. From the new cable, connections can be made throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region via the carriers' existing cable networks.

Chris Hancock, managing director of Data and Business Services at Cable & Wireless Optus, said the companies were in early discussions and were interested in exploring opportunities to fulfill increasing broadband demands in the Asia-Pacific region.

"The Asian region is a large and rapidly expanding market for corporate and IP (Internet Protocol) services. All three companies have identified a growing need for robust infrastructure between Australia and Asia," Hancock said.

SingTel's executive vice president (Global Business), Lim Shyong, said the cable is suitable for mission-critical data and high-bandwidth applications. "With the increasing demand for bandwidth in the region it makes perfect business sense for us to provide an efficient and cost-effective solution."

"The three companies already carry significant traffic on this route and our capacity requirements will continue to expand," he added.

The proposed cable system will utilize Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology and will vastly expand the capacity for streaming video, Internet traffic and other IP network-based applications.

Simon Moutter, a group general manager at Telecom New Zealand, said the Asia-to-Australia link would complement the recently commissioned Southern Cross Cable Network and sees the recent proposal as "a solid investment opportunity for the future of all three companies".

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