Thursday, October 19, 2017

Google tag teams into APAC group to build Australia, South East Asia submarine cable

System to help address exponential growth around internet use in the region which has soared 70% last year alone.

A group of APAC telecommunications heavyweights and Google have teamed up to build a 9,000Km submarine cable connecting Singapore, Australia and Indonesia.

Joining Google is AARNet, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, SubPartners, and Telstra, all of which have entered into an agreement with constructor Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) to build the subsea cable system.

Named INDIGO, the cable will connect Singapore and Perth, and onwards to Sydney, and allow connections between Singapore and Jakarta.

The two-fibre pair ‘open cable’ design with spectrum- sharing technology will land in existing facilities in Singapore, Australia and Indonesia.

By building the system with an open design, spectrum ownership within the cable will be shared amongst those involved in the project.

Using coherent optical technology, which uses light to transmit data along fibre optic cables, each of the twofibre pairs will have a minimum capacity of 18 terabits per second, with the option to increase this capacity in the future.

Essentially, this means that INDIGO will be able to transmit an equivalent of 7.2 million high definition online movies simultaneously from Singapore to Sydney.

Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

Ooi Seng Keat, Vice President, Carrier Services, Group Enterprise at Singtel said: “The construction of INDIGO is timely to meet the rising demand for high-speed broadband between Asia and Australia.

“This cable system complements our global connectivity that links Asia, the US, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. INDIGO will be a new data superhighway that facilitates Singtel and Optus to catalyse the development of digital economies across the regions.”

Telstra’s Group Managing Director of Global Services and International David Burns, said: “With internet data consumption growing by 70% in Asia last year alone these sorts of investments in international networks are critical for meeting the needs of connected consumers and businesses.

“This will be an important piece of technology infrastructure connecting South East Asia and Australia, and follows a number of recent network enhancements Telstra has undertaken to meet growing demand for data and better connectivity from our customers across the Asia Pacific region.”