Telstra Adds Transpacific Capacity to Subsea Cable Network

Telstra announced it had purchased additional capacity on the New Cross Pacific Cable and further invested in the FASTER cable system.By Rohan Pearce, Computerworld
January 15, 2019

Telstra today revealed that it had purchased additional capacity on the New Cross Pacific (NCP) Cable as well as undertaken a “further investment” in the FASTER cable system.

FASTER lands in Japan, Taiwan and the US west coast. NCP connects Japan, the US, Taiwan and China.

The telco didn’t reveal the scope of capacity it has added on the NCP but said it was its “first large capacity purchase” on the system, nor did it outline details of its additional FASTER investment.

Today’s announcements build on a string of recent investments by the telco in subsea cable routes.

In January last year the company revealed it would purchase a half fibre pair on the Hong Kong Americas (HKA) cable, connecting Hong Kong to the US west coast.

Telstra also said it would purchase 6 terabits of capacity on the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), which will also connect Hong Kong to the US.

PLCN and HKA are both expected to be completed in 2020.

In December, Telstra said it would acquire a 25 per cent stake in Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN), with the telco revealing it would purchase “substantial capacity” on the consortiums existing cable network, which links Australia to the US west coast, as well as the new Southern Cross NEXT.

The US$300 million Southern Cross NEXT will connect Sydney, Auckland and Los Angeles and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. It will offer 72Tb of capacity.

Other SCCN shareholders include Spark New Zealand, Optus’ parent company Singtel and Verizon Business.

Telstra has also invested in a half fibre pair on the INDIGO system. The 36Tb INDIGO system will stretch from Singapore to Perth, and from there to Sydney. INDIGO is currently undergoing testing ahead of being declared ready for service.

Telstra said its investments in SCCN, HKA, PLCN and INDIGO would boost its owned subsea cable capacity by more than 25Tb.

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