The Tasman Global Access (TGA) cable built by Spark, Vodafone and Telstra linking Australia and New Zealand has come into service, providing an alternative route, and competition, to the Southern Cross Cable.
Welcoming the new cable, communications minister Simon Bridges said the cable was another step towards ensuring New Zealand had affordable and robust connections with the rest of the world. It will next year be joined by the Hawaiki cable.
Vodafone said the cable would strengthen New Zealand’s links into fast-growing Asian markets, provide important redundancy and resiliency, and better connection with the five main international cable systems currently serving Australia.
Vodafone wholesale director, Steve Rieger, said: “As an industry we’ve seen tremendous growth in trans-Tasman Internet traffic with New Zealand’s international capacity requirements growing 60 percent year-on-year and projected 11,000 percent growth over the next 10 years.”
The $100m, 2888km system has been built by Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks. It runs between Ngarunui Beach in Raglan and Narrabeen Beach in Sydney, has two fibre pairs and a total design capacity of 20tps.