Commitment to infrastructure secures the digital future of our region.
14 Sep 2018
As Vocus Group marks the completion of the US$170 million Australia Singapore Cable (ASC), chairman Bob Mansfield says the company owns close to 40,000km of fibre, including over 4,200km in NZ, more than 23,000km deployed since 2013 across all of Australia’s mainland states and territories, as well as 11,500km of subsea cables.
“The ASC establishes strategic and trade links with South East Asia and is the largest infrastructure project ever delivered by Vocus. We have completed it on time and under budget, exceeding specifications" said Bob. “We are immensely proud that we were able to activate the cable earlier than scheduled last week to provide emergency connectivity services when the Sea-Me-We3 submarine cable between Perth and Singapore experienced another outage.”
The 4600km cable, stretching from Perth to Singapore via Indonesia, will also link Christmas Island, providing high-speed connectivity to regional geographical locations previously unable to cost-effectively and reliably access these services.
“With this new infrastructure capability, the Vocus Network moves from being an end point on the global telecommunications grid to a viable transit point between the networks of Asia and North America, bringing more opportunities for trade and making us more competitive as a region.”
While many people don’t know it, almost all of the Internet traffic from New Zealand to the world goes by subsea cables, with increasing demand from New Zealand to south east Asia. Delivery of this sophisticated and incredibly complex project will enable Vocus to be more competitive in the area of international transit and will support the ever increasing capacity demands to this part of the world.
Mansfield also outlined the progress on the Coral Sea Cable system, which is being constructed on behalf of the governments of Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, and referenced the work that Vocus was doing with the Northern Territory government to build a new submarine fibre optic cable to the Tiwi Islands. “These multi-million infrastructure projects represent our commitment to meeting customer demand and recognises the growing requirements for affordable and trusted connectivity with our closest Asian trading partners,” he said.