In the Pacific, Southern Cross says they have completed their 100G expansion project. They have installed Ciena’s coherent technology across their 30,000km system connecting the US west coast to Australia and New Zealand via Hawaii.
That means a total theoretical capacity of 12Tbps, of which 2.6Tbps is currently lit. Demand is said to be rising at 35-40% even as Australia’s NBN and New Zealand’s UFB initiatives are starting to rev things up, so in just a few years they’re going to be needing even more of course.
Since the planned Pacific Fibre system faltered, Southern Cross has had more visibility into the future balance of supply and demand on this route. But I suspect it’s not an idea that will remain dormant forever.
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