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ASSC-1 increases Internet capacity between Perth and Singapore

Anuradha Shukla | Jan. 25, 2012
Developing a new four-fibre pair submarine cable system.

A new Perth to Singapore submarine cable system is set to significantly increase the capacity for Internet and data traffic between Australia, particularly the west coast, Asia and Europe.

The four-fibre pair cable system is currently under development by a private Australian submarine cable developer, ASSC-1 Communications Group (ASSC-1).

ASSC-1 notes that the new cable system will span a distance of 4,600 kilometres and will feature an initial design capacity of 6.4 terabits per second (Tbps), to be delivered through 40 gigabits per second (Gbps) technology.

The cable system project will begin construction in the first quarter of 2012 and is scheduled to be completed within 2013. The system will have the capability to be upgraded to 100 Gbps in the future.

"ASSC-1 will dramatically increase the capacity for Internet and data traffic between Australia, particularly the west coast, Asia and Europe, and we expect it to take up excess demand from the only existing cable on this route, which is the ageing SEAMEWE3 system," said James Chen, chief executive officer for ASSC-1. "In addition we expect to provide increased diversity for traffic from Asia to the US via Australia."

Low latency system

ASSC-1 claims its low latency system will provide fast transfer speeds between Australia, Asia and Europe.

Telstra will purchase one of the four fibre pairs from ASSC-1's fibre optic submarine cable and will also provide landing party services in Perth.

Huawei Marine Networks will supply and install the ASSC-1 system and Matrix Cable Systems (Matrix) will supply the Jakarta Landing through their own cable landing station.

Matrix will also work with ASSC-1 to manage the Indonesian permit process.

"The Telstra and Huawei Marine Networks agreements entered into by ASSC-1 underpin the development and significance of this new state of the art, high speed submarine fibre optic cable," said Chen.

"With this infrastructure in place, businesses and individual users will benefit with better and faster support for their network needs as well as much needed diversity out of the west coast of Australia," said Jim Clarke, senior vice president of global carrier sales, Telstra International.


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