Over the past few days, Telstra International has made a series of interesting infrastructure moves that will enable new connectivity options. They are investing in a new transpacific route, several intra-pacific cables, and in a growing presence in Latin America.
On the transpacific front, Telstra is partnering with Trans Pacific Networks on the new Echo cable system. Echo will connect California with Singapore directly, with branches to Guam and Jakarta as well. If all goes well, the Guam-US piece will launch this summer, and the rest will come online in 2025. That will add to the other 3Tbps of capacity they recently added on SEA-US and complement the various other cable systems they already have significant capacity on.
Within the Pacific itself, Telstra has partnered with Google and APTelecom for the Central Pacific Connect initiative. That consists of the Balikula cable between Guam and Fiji and the Halaihai cable between Guam and French Polynesia. Telstra says it will own and operate a fiber pair on the Bulikula scable.
And on this side of the Pacific, Telstra is taking aim at Latin America with an initial focus on Mexico. They have started the process with a PoP in Texas at Stemmons Tower, where they will hook up with Axtel and Vivaro. From there they will leverage connectivity to 10 carrier-neutral data centers in markets across Mexico. On tap for later expansions are destinations in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia.
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