Fiji Capacity Commitment To Southern Cross NEXT
Southern Cross Cables Press Release
January 22, 2018
Suva/Bermuda: Southern Cross Cables today announced a major capacity commitment made by FINTEL (www.fintel.com.fj), Fiji’s International Gateway provider and wholesale telecommunications company, to the Southern Cross NEXT subsea cable which will provide the lowest latency and fastest connectivity from Fiji to Australia and the United States of America. The new Southern Cross NEXT cable system is due go live in late 2019 and will connect Fiji to Australia, New Zealand and the US, as well as a number of other Pacific Islands. The system is designed to be able to provide more than 60 Terabits of capacity, which is significantly larger than any current or planned system. The Southern Cross NEXT cable will also connect to a number of Pacific Islands on its path across the Pacific Ocean providing international cable capacity in places where none exists today greatly enhancing the interconnectivity of the Pacific Island community.
Significantly for Fiji, the connection to the Southern Cross NEXT cable will continue the nation’s long and distinguished history in connection with international submarine cables across the Pacific (since 1902), and the new cable will provide additional diverse paths and capacity from Fiji to the world, reinforcing Fiji as a major telecommunications hub in the Pacific.
The Southern Cross NEXT Cable system will join the existing Southern Cross systems to provide multiple paths, diversity and robustness to its customers, and the ability to allocate or balance between different cable systems to meet the needs of their business or classes of traffic.
FINTEL’s international capacity requirements are growing exponentially due to increased demand from the deployment of fixed and mobile broadband capabilities across Fiji, and the Southern Cross NEXT cable solves a big piece of the international bandwidth puzzle for FINTEL for the next 20 plus years.
FINTEL CEO, George Samisoni, said “Our customers throughout Fiji and the Pacific region will be able to rely on FINTEL for international connectivity to internet and telecommunications services. The flexibility that Southern Cross Cables have offered us ensures our customers will receive the lowest possible round trip latency from Fiji to Australia and the US, supported by similar low latency restoration paths, and therefore ensure we have the highest level of online response times. Southern Cross Cables has always provided certainty of quality and service and FINTEL is proud to continue its association by connecting with Southern Cross NEXT in 2019”
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