Singtel, Telstra, and SubPartners have teamed up to build a new international submarine cable connecting Perth and Singapore.
The APX-West cable will run across more than 4500km and will incorporate two fibre pairs providing two-day data transmission. Each pair will have a minimum design capacity of 10 Terabits per second.
Construction is expected to begin by the end of July 2016 and scheduled to be completed by 2018. It will terminate in facilities operated by the consortium members in Singapore and Australia.
SubPartners founder and chief executive, Bevan Slattery, said the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between all parties committing to purchase the entire available capacity on the system, is a key milestone for the project.
"The APX-West system is a consortium cable with all the major players having access to ownership economics at a fraction of the cost of private cable ownership. This is a unique commercial model for the Perth-Singapore route that will satisfy the ongoing bandwidth requirements of both network operators and internet content hosts,” he added.
According to Singtel vice-president group enterprise carrier services, Ooi Seng Keat, the new cable will be a data superhighway to expand data connectivity and capacity between Singapore and Australia, providing network redundancy and the lowest latency from Australia to Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
“Today, Singtel has one of the most extensive submarine cable infrastructures in the Asia Pacific region. With these capabilities, the Singtel Group, including Optus, can meet customers’ growing data requirements for bandwidth-intensive applications such as unified communications, enterprise data exchange, internet TV and online gaming,” he added.
Telstra executive director international operations and services, Darrin Webb, said, “As consumers and businesses continue to embrace online products and services, such as video streaming and Cloud, the demand for international connectivity continues to rise, creating a strong case for building this new cable."