Pursuing a strategy of owning its own regional submarine backbone network, Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) is planning a new cable called A2A to link Singapore, Jakarta and Perth, Australia.
The 4600km 2A cable may be built as a joint venture with other companies in a similar way to the $US2 billion C2C cable, which is operated by a separate consortium called C2C. A2A will tie into the C2C cable network and the 8.4Tbps i2i cable which links Singapore and the cities of Chennai and Mumbai in India, C2C executives said at the CommunicAsia show.
By connecting to an existing fibre-optic cable across Australia owned by SingTel's local unit Optus, the A2A cable will tie Australia's main business centres, Sydney and Melbourne, into SingTel's pan-Asian network.
The DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) A2A cable, with a capacity of 1.92Tbps, will be Australia's first terabit-class connection with Asia, and will provide an alternative traffic route to the SEA-ME-WE3 cable which currently carries around 60 per cent of the country's overseas Internet traffic and which has been damaged several times in the past two years.
C2C executives said they had not finalised the timing of the cable's construction.