The Australian serial tech entrepreneur Bevan Slattery is taking another fiber project off the drawing board and into the marketplace. Today his latest venture, SUB.CO, announced that the Oman Australia Cable project has now reached 'Contract In Force' status.
OAC will connect Australia to EMEA without passing through India, Southeast Asia, or the Americas. They'll be forging a more direct path, lower latency path northwest across the Indian Ocean from the western Australian port of Perth to the Middle Eastern port of Muscat, Oman. From there the 9,700km cable system will connect up with other infrastructure that will take data on to Europe and Africa.
Today's announcement means that SubCom, which is on tap to build the cable system, has reserved the necessary factory and cable ship assets to do the job with a 2021 target date. The cable is currently expected to feature 3 fiber pairs, but could wind up with a fourth if the demand is there.
Slattery has had his hand in many Australian-based infrastructure and data projects over the past decade, including Megaport and SuperLoop.
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