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Cairns to Perth connection an ‘Australian first’ claims Optus

Optus has delivered what it says is an ‘Australian first’ with the upgrade of its inter-capital fibre network from Cairns to Perth to 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) to now deliver wavelength links with combined capacity ten times larger than previously available.

The network links Cairns with Perth via Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide and has been upgraded by Optus in collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent to deliver an agile and flexible transport network that can deliver capacity where and when it is needed.

Rob Parcell, Managing Director Optus Wholesale, Satellite and SMB said, “Optus is committed to building reliable network capacity for retail, government and enterprise customers based on the world’s best long-haul transmission technology. This upgrade supports the changing needs of our customers including increasing capacity demands across Optus’ Wholesale and branded business lines alike.”

“Investment in this type of network capability means we can reliably scale the delivery of high-speed, low latency services over a resilient high capacity network interconnecting Cairns to Perth for business and government and other carriers through our wholesale channel.”

Parcell said the capability had already commenced roll-out into Optus’ extensive metropolitan networks.

“There is exponential demand for high-speed connectivity, driven by growth in cloud computing, data centres and subsea cable upgrades. We’re looking to meet this demand while at the same time opening up new markets which allows us to remain competitive.”

Sean O’Halloran, President and Managing Director, Alcatel-Lucent Oceania said, “This has been an exciting project that builds on Alcatel-Lucent’s long experience delivering national infrastructure in Australia and puts Optus in an outstanding position to address the continuing market demand for more flexible, higher bandwidth networks.”

Optus commenced building the capability in late 2014 linking Perth to Sydney, and links have been established between Sydney to Brisbane, and now Cairns.

Alcatel-Lucent has upgraded the optical network between Cairns and Perth using its 1830 Photonic Service Switch and Photonic Service Engine (PSE)-based coherent technology with soft-decision forward error correction (SD-FEC) that can extend the reach of 100G signals to 3,000 kilometers (1,800 miles) or more without need for costly re-generation.


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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).