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INDIGO completes installation of new subsea cable system Featured

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A consortium comprising Telstra, AARNet, Google, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel and SubPartners has announced a significant milestone in the construction of the INDIGO subsea cable system with the installations of the INDIGO West and INDIGO Central cables completed as scheduled.

Telstra’s head of International, Oliver Camplin-Warner, says the telco’s vast subsea network is a key part of the company’s international growth strategy and it will continue to invest in additional capacity to meet the increasing demand for data and maintain “network leadership in the Asia-Pacific region".

“The INDIGO West cable will connect to Telstra’s extensive terrestrial network to provide onward connectivity around Australia. Once complete, the cable system will strengthen links between Australia and fast-growing South East Asian markets by providing faster speeds and dramatically improved reliability,” he said.

The milestone follows an announcement on 29 October last year that the consortium had landed the 4,600km Perth to Sydney INDIGO Central cable in Sydney, just six weeks after the 4,600km Singapore to Perth INDIGO West cable was successfully landed at Floreat Beach in Perth.

Commissioning of the submarine cable system has now begun, with the INDIGO cable system on schedule and on-track to be ready for service before mid-2019.

The consortium says the INDIGO cable system will bolster connections between Australia and the dynamic economies of Southeast Asia, providing lower latency and enhanced reliability. Using today’s coherent optical technology, the cable’s two-fibre pairs will be able to support up to 36 terabits per second, the equivalent of simultaneously streaming millions of movies a second.

 “This is an exciting time for AARNet. INDIGO is the first in a number of significant investments for research and education in Australia. INDIGO will provide the underpinning critical infrastructure to meet the future growth in collaborative research and transnational education between Australia and our important Asian partners,” said AARNet chief executive Chris Hancock.

The cable system will utilise new spectrum sharing technology so each consortium member will have the ability to independently take advantage of technology advancements for future upgrades and capacity increases on demand.

 Singtel vice-president, carrier services, group enterprise, Ooi Seng Keat, said: “The completion of the INDIGO cable system heralds a new era of high speed communications between the growing economies of Southeast Asia and Australia. This new data superhighway will complement our existing global links to Asia, US, Europe, Australia and the Middle East, allowing Singtel and Optus to meet the growing demand for bandwidth-intensive applications which is expected to quadruple by 2025.

“Our investments in new subsea cable systems like INDIGO will boost our network diversity and resilience, further reinforcing our position as a leading provider of international connectivity and data services.”

Drew Kelton, chief executive, Superloop, on behalf of SubPartners, said: “The demand for INDIGO is now apparent, with Superloop already signing on NextDC for access to INDIGO for both of its Perth (P1 and P2) and Sydney (S1 and S2) data centres. Superloop is on a journey to interconnect and virtualise businesses across the Asia Pacific region, and the go-live of INDIGO will accelerate that plan significantly.”

Dejan Kastelic, chief technology and information officer, Indosat Ooredoo, said: “The completion of INDIGO submarine cable is part of our ambitious three-year program to transform our network to achieve best customer experience. When it is in service it will further diversify our international connections across Australia and fast-growing South East Asian market, serving ever-increasing demand for data traffic and expanding opportunities for retail consumers and corporate services.

“We are excited with the significant progress of the INDIGO deployment. This strategic partnership will provide Indonesia with wider connection access across Australia and the fast-growing South East Asian market,” said president, director and chief executive of Indosat Ooredoo, Joy Wahjudi.

“We are looking forward to Indosat Ooredoo landing the INDIGO cable in Jakarta, targeting both business and retail consumer segments to be able to enjoy global access, increase their business performance and also increase their quality of life through world-class data connectivity and internet access.”

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