Huawei Marine has been signed by Australian submarine cable developer, ASSC-1, to build a fibre cable system under the sea between Perth and Singapore.
A joint venture between Huawei and Global Marine Systems, Huawei Marine will supply and install the cable while Matrix Cable System will deal with its own cable landing station in Jakarta, Indonesia.
ASSC-1 will deliver a four-fibre pair cable system across a distance of 4600km. Initial capacity is 6.4Tbps delivered through 40Gbps technology to be upgraded to 100Gbps in the future.
Telstra has already signed on to be the first customer of the ASSC-1 cable.
“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,” ASSC-1 CEO, James Chen, said in a statement.
“In addition we expect to provide increased diversity for traffic from Asia to the US via Australia.”
The cable system is carrier neutral.
Construction will begin in the first quarter of this year and slated to be completed by 2013.
In July last year, iiNet inked a deal with Pacific Fibre for international capacity on a $400 million Australia to US fibre link also due to be completed by 2013.