There’s a new cable in the works between Australia and Southeast Asia. Privately held Australian submarine cable developer ASSC-1 yesterday announced the development of a new cable between the major cable hub of Singapore and Perth on Australia’s west coast. The system will span 4,600 kilometers and will have four fiber pairs and an initial design capacity of 6.4Tbps. That’s starting with 40Gbps, with 100Gbps as a future upgrade.
Telstra has already committed to buying one of the fiber pairs, and will be providing the landing station in Perth. Matrix Cable Systems, which operates a cable between Singapore and Jakarta, will provide the landing station on the Singapore end. And Huawei Marine will be supplying and installing the cable itself. They will be kicking off construction this quarter, with completion forseen sometime in 2013.
Western Australia doesn’t get the sort of bandwidth respect that the other side of the continent gets. But with the NBN effort now truly underway, they’re definitely going to need bigger pipes soon.
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