A possible new national fiber buildout in Australia continues to move closer to reality. According to Capacity, HyperOne is preparing to tender the design, construction, and operation of the AU$1.5B project it announced six months ago, and is calling for formal expressions of interest.
HyperOne would put 20,000km of modern fiberoptic cable into the ground, connecting all the major national and regional markets and cable landing stations nationwide. If fully lit, it would support more than 10 petabits per second via current technology. It has been nearly two decades since the last build of such scale in the country, and the company believes the existing network infrastructure is not up to the demands that the cloud, 5G, and other new technologies will present in the coming years.
We have seen intercity routes getting built again in recent years, but few full terrestrial buildouts of this scale have been attempted since the dotcom crash. Might this one be the first of a new wave of construction around the world? Probably not, it's probably fairly specific to conditions in Australia which has charted a unique path through the last two decades. But who knows.
Bevan Slattery, Australia's serial tech and infrastructure entrpeneur extraordinaire, is unsurprisingly the driving force behind this project. Route planning and design have already been completed, and the company wants to commence construction later this year.
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