Vocus switches on Australia Singapore Cable early following SMW-3 outage
September 5, 2018
Australian operator Vocus Communications has confirmed that its Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) has been put into early service following a major service disruption on the Sea-Me-We 3 (SMW-3) submarine cable between Perth and Singapore. To minimise customer impacts due to the SMW-3 outage, Vocus has implemented an emergency cutover of services that were running through SMW-3 onto the Vocus ASC, which is in its final testing phase.
Vocus engineers will continue to complete their work to fully operationalise ASC prior to the official RFS date set for 14 September. They will also continue to monitor the re-routed traffic from SMW-3. Vocus anticipates no impact for customers that are already committed and contracted to go-live on 14 September.
SMW-3, which is owned by a consortia of members, of which Vocus is a party, are working to provide an ETA on when services will be restored.