By PIPE Networks
PIPE Networks Limited (ASX: PWK) subsidiary, PIPE International (Australia) Pty LtdÂ today announces a major milestone in the development of its PPC-1 submarine cableÂ linking Sydney with Guam.
At 13:45 Sunday, 23 August 2009, ‘first light' was successfully transmitted andÂ received across the fibre optic PPC-1 submarine cable system between Sydney andÂ Guam.
Bevan Slattery, CEO of PIPE Networks said that this major PPC-1 milestoneÂ represented many positive things for the Company and the PIPE International teamÂ specifically.
“On its basic level, the passing of first light represents the physical completion of theÂ PPC-1 system and the commencement of the testing phase in the developmentÂ program.”
“It also confirms that we have persevered through some of the most difficult ofÂ circumstances, including the global financial crisis, and achieved something thatÂ many said could never be done and will never be done” Mr Slattery said.
“This milestone has only been possible with the vision and support of our cornerstoneÂ customers including Telikom PNG, iiNet and Internode and the dedication andÂ commitment of the PIPE International team and Tyco Telecommunications”, he said.
In recognising this landmark achievement and the efforts of the PPC-1 team, theÂ Board of PIPE Networks and PIPE International wish to thank the PIPE InternationalÂ team under the leadership of PIPE International Chief Operating Officer, BrettÂ Worrall. The Board also extends its appreciation to PPC-1's customers and to TycoÂ Telecommunications for their outstanding commitment to the completion of thisÂ project.
“We now have staff in Sydney, Guam, Papua New Guinea, Tokyo and San JoseÂ establishing PoPs and preparing for the testing of the greater network. It's now aÂ race to the finish these final works in the lead up to the official launch of PPC-1 on theÂ 8th October, 2009”, Mr Slattery said.
Mr Slattery said that the launch of PPC-1 will be the catalyst for a major positiveÂ change required in the competitive landscape in the Australian market forÂ international transmission.