By Corinne Reichert, ZDNet
September 7, 2017

Equinix has announced that its International Business Exchange (IBX) datacentres will be used for Vocus Communications’ Australian-Singapore Cable (ASC) submarine cable system in Melbourne and Sydney.

The ASC will join other cable providers already present within Equinix’s IBX datacentres in Sydney, and will be the first with a point of presence (PoP) in the ME1 datacentre in Melbourne.

According to Equinix, the ASC will utilise over 150 networks in Sydney and more than 35 in Melbourne to enable high-speed connectivity across the APAC region. It will also improve interconnection due to its coastal and bi-coastal access points, Equinix said, as well as conforming to the ideal of a “global, carrier-neutral” ecosystem.

Vocus CEO Geoff Horth said that by using Equinix datacentres, the ASC would cover all major carriers and cloud providers.

Vocus last month said the ASC would be completed ahead of schedule, with services launching in July 2018 on the 4,600-kilometre cable, which is designed to carry 40Tbps at a minimum across four fibre pairs.

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