Google bets on another Asia-Pacific submarine cable

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07 April, 2017

A planned undersea cable almost 6,000 miles long will carry Google data between Australia and Singapore, with enough capacity to allow for as many as eight million simultaneous HD Google Hangout video calls.

SubPartners CEO, Bevan Slattery concluded: "this cable system complements our global connectivity that links Asia, the US, Europe, Australia and the Middle East".

International ICT players, AARNet, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, SubPartners, in addition with Google and Telstra, have joined forces in the construction of a new international subsea cable system.

"The acquisition of SubPartners will deliver Superloop strategic assets including ownership of global submarine cable capacity as a member of the INDIGO consortium which is constructing the INDIGO West cable (Singapore to Perth) and the INDIGO Central cable (Perth to Sydney)", Superloop's statement to the ASX said. Members of the consortium will own spectrum on the cable.

Other companies that have backed the construction of undersea cables to provide faster data delivery include Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft. Each of the two fibre pairs will have a minimum capacity of 18 Tbps, with the option to increase this capacity in the future. Alcatel Submarine Networks will construct the cable, which is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

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"With Internet data consumption growing by 70 per cent in Asia previous year alone these sorts of investments in worldwide networks are critical for meeting the needs of connected consumers and businesses", Telstra group managing director of global services and worldwide, David Burns, said in a statement.

Superloop has acquired telecommunication infrastructure provider SubPartners for $3.3 million (US$2.5 million).

Superloop said that it will be able to configure and expand its cable capacity, independently of the other consortium members, allowing it to offer Singapore to Perth, Perth to Sydney and Singapore to Sydney routes to match customer requirements. It's being built to bring users more connectivity in a region that has growing internet needs.

Superloop owns and operates over 540km of fibre networks in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, connecting over 70 data centres.

Indigo will compete against Vocus' 4600 kilometre Australia Singapore Cable that will also land in Perth.


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