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Preparations for Southern Cross Cables's Next submarine cable Preparations for Southern Cross Cables's Next submarine cable

Southern Cross Cables has completed the Sydney bore for its Next subsea cable and finalised a deal that makes fibre network operator Superloop a direct customer.

The Southern Cross Cables Next cable system will connect Australia, New Zealand, the US, and a number of Pacific Islands. The system, scheduled to go live in early 2020, is designed to provide more than 60Tbps of capacity.

Next will add to Southern Cross's cable routes, providing diversity and robustness as well as additional capacity.

The company has completed the beach manhole and horizontal directionally drilled bore for Next's Australian landfall. Construction work was performed by SubPartners.

"The completion of the sea bore for the Southern Cross Next cable is yet another important milestone in the project, with landing arrangements in Australia, New Zealand and the United States now effectively completed," said Southern Cross president and chief executive, Anthony Briscoe.

"Our partnership with SubPartners for the construction of the facilities has allowed us to leverage their expertise in the construction of similar facilities for other projects that they are involved with in the region, helping us to effectively manage cost and risk around this critical aspect of the project."

Southern Cross Cables also announced the finalisation of an agreement that makes fibre network provider Superloop one of its direct customers.

Superloop will gain high-capacity connectivity between multiple locations in Australia, New Zealand and the US.

"Superloop has used the Southern Cross systems for a number of years, through capacity uptake using the various resale channels, allowing us to take advantage of the resilient nature of the diverse, twin cable system," said Superloop founder and executive director Bevan Slattery, who is also chief executive and co-founder of SubPartners.

"With Superloop's strong demand growth, and the advent of the forthcoming Southern Cross Next system in the next 18-24 months, further increasing the resilience of the network, it was timely for Superloop to look into a direct relationship between the Superloop and Southern Cross eco-systems."

Briscoe said "We are excited to welcome Superloop as a strategic member of the Southern Cross community.

"I am confident that Southern Cross can continue to support Superloop in providing high capacity and resilient connectivity solutions to their customers."

"Superloop and Southern Cross have a strong record of success and innovation with regards to connectivity solutions that enable our respective users to connect and grow their businesses, as well as offering our customers access to an increasing number of new connectivity options to leverage and scale their operations more effectively."


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