Monday, 29 October 2018 20:27

INDIGO subsea cable nearing completion

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Installation of the INDIGO Central subsea cable is due to be completed in early December, and will provide a “new and unique” subsea communications link between Sydney and Perth.

Announcement of the completion date follows the recent landing of the INDIGO WEST cable from Singapore to Perth and the commencement of INDIGO Central marine installation from Perth, both announced in September.

The INDIGO West and Central subsea cables are designed to complement each other and, when adjoined, provide Australia’s first and only direct optical path connecting Sydney to Singapore.

The 9200km INDIGO cable system, comprising INDIGO West and INDIGO Central, will be ready for service in mid-2019, and strengthen links between Australia and the fast-growing South East Asian markets, 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 INDIGO 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.

Drew Kelton, chief executive, Superloop, on behalf of SubPartners, said the completion of INDIGO was a significant boost to Superloop's strategy in the Asia Pacific region to build international capacity and connectivity between its metropolitan networks. “We’re on a journey to interconnect and virtualise businesses across the Asia Pacific region, and the go-live of INDIGO will accelerate that plan significantly.”

AARNet’s chief executive Chris Hancock said: “This is a significant milestone for the INDIGO project and a great leap forward for research and education in Australia. The first trans-Australian submarine cable will provide a critical diverse express path between Sydney and Perth to support the huge data transfer demands of the Pawsey Centre, NCI, and the significant growth in data-intensive collaborative research for all researchers across the country”.

“The landing of INDIGO Central cable by Optus is a landmark development which will boost Australia’s communications ecosystem with much-needed high-speed capacity and network diversity,” said Singtel vice-president, Carrier Services, Group Enterprise, Ooi Seng Keat.

“Together with INDIGO West, the next- generation INDIGO Central data superhighway will enhance Singtel and Optus’ subsea networks, creating a cable ring connecting Australia to Singapore, through Southeast Asia, across the Pacific and back to Australia.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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