Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:45

Vocus launches Indonesia link for Australia-Singapore cable

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Vocus Communications has officially launched the submarine cable between Australia and Singapore in Indonesia with partner company XL Axiata.

The two companies say Monday’s launch in Indonesia celebrated the strategic and economic opportunities the cable will deliver for Indonesia as a key landing point on the ASC route from Australia to Singapore.

Attendees at the launch included the Indonesian Minister of Communications and IT, Rudiantara, Alcatel Submarine Network president Phillipe Piron, XL Axiata chief executive Dian Siswarini and Vocus Group chairman Vaughan Bowen.

“The ASC network has been designed specifically with Indonesia in mind, providing the geographic diversity required to support Indonesia’s critical information infrastructure,” said Bowen.

“Through Vocus’ transmission network and long-term capacity rights with trans-Pacific cable systems, the ASC will provide the missing link connecting Asian customers to global internet and cloud content located in the US via an alternative Great Southern Route. Indonesia is soon to be a key hub in the middle of these traffic flows, rather than an end-point of the region’s fibre optic networks.”

Vocus says forecasts suggest that Indonesia’s GDP is set to grow dramatically between 2016 and 2030, meaning the new digital trade corridors established by the ASC are critical to enabling infrastructure to support and sustain this growth.

asc map

“We are acutely aware of the growing trade and dependence between Australia and Indonesia,” says Bowen.

“In the recently released Australian Government Foreign Policy White Paper it was noted that Indonesia is of first order importance to Australia, both as a major bilateral partner and as a country that will influence the shape of the regional order.

“ASC establishes a modern, world-class system that utilises latest generation technology and equipment to provide a flexible, dependable, high performance network that’s purpose-designed for the future.”

Siswarini outlined a set of key benefits for her market, including “the availability of high capacity, high reliability international bandwidth which will enable XL Axiata customers to enjoy this luxury, including corporate, Government and Internet Service Provider customers in Indonesia”.

Piron said: “ASN is involved in several initiatives aiming to manage traffic growth and meet multi-terabit capacity demands globally and regionally. The ASC system is a building block of these initiatives and this project further strengthens the collaboration developed over the years, initially with Nextgen and now with Vocus.”

The $170-million-dollar project, owned by Vocus, will link Australia with Singapore and Indonesia. Manufacturing work is nearing completion. The cable is being made in Calais, France, by Alcatel Submarine Networks.

On the other side of the English Channel, the company is finishing work on the repeaters at a factory in Greenwich in the UK. Once the cable and repeaters are ready, ASN will assemble them at the Calais site.

The other two-thirds of the assembled cable is to be transferred from ship to ship in January near Christmas Island. From there, a second cable laying vessel, the Ile de Batz, will lay the cable as it travels south from Christmas Island to Perth. The Ile de Re will start in Singapore and head south to Christmas Island.

Graphic: courtesy Vocus

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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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