Telecommunications provider, Optus, has lit up its first international 100Gbps service. Optus Wholesale has officially delivered the service for a US-based partner on the Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN) that connects Australia to the US’ West Coast via New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii.
Optus Wholesale head of marketing and strategy, John Castro, said the wholesale deal reflects a dramatically increasing need for international bandwidth, as customers consume more and more Cloud and video services from the Web.
“With that kind of customer demand, service providers must look at all options available to them that improve network performance and efficiency, including the use of 100Gbps services for the first time,” he said.
He also said Optus has invested significantly in international capacity to fulfil market demand for connectivity, particularly across to the US, and anticipates this will be the first of many 100Gbps deals on the Trans-Pacific route.
“It was not long ago that 10Gbps was considered an extraordinary amount of capacity on an international route. Optus is at the forefront of a new trend in the market, bringing 100Gbps services to our wholesale partners,” he added.
Southern Cross CEO, Anthony Briscoe, said the company is pleased to support Optus in the turn up of this 100Gbps service.
“The growth in customer circuit sizing is astonishing. Back in 2000 a 100Gb service would have equated to just under half the Southern Cross total potential capacity.
“However, Southern Cross’ continued investment in technology and our product roadmap means we now have the potential capacity of over 14Tbps, and are well positioned to support both Optus and its customers’ growth well into the future,” Briscoe said.