Equinix has announced it will provide connectivity through the Vocus’ (ASX:VOC) Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) following its completion expected for July 2018.
The data centre company will make the ASC available to customers across its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres in Melbourne and Sydney.
ASC will be the first to establish a point of presence (PoP) in Equinix’s Melbourne data centre ME1.
“ASC is an important addition to the list of advanced submarine cables on offer to our customers at Equinix Australia, and presents further connectivity options to businesses looking for alternate connectivity to Southeast Asia,” Equinix Australia managing director, Jeremy Deutsch, said.
“This is particularly significant in Melbourne, where ASC will be the first international submarine cable to establish a PoP connecting via the most direct path to Singapore through our facility. We’re proud to facilitate greater interconnection between the two locations and continue our philosophy of supporting and building a carrier-neutral home for the internet,” Deutsch added.
ASC is a four-pair fibre network with 100 Wavelengths per pair and is expected to deliver a minimum of 40Tbps of capacity from Australia to South-East Asia.
ASC will effectively provide a new route to South-East Asia out of Western Australia, at the same time it will be able to leverage more than 150 networks in Sydney and more than 35 networks in Melbourne to provide immediate access to their customers across the region.
“As we see strong demand for connectivity and the need for diversity and resilience for both the Australian and other Asian markets, we are excited to launch a Singapore to Australia cable that will offer the fastest connectivity between the two destinations,” Vocus CEO, Geoff Horth, said.
“By establishing Interconnection points in Equinix, we’re able to provide easy and low-cost access to customers in the key markets of Melbourne and Sydney, covering all major carriers in addition to cloud providers who are already part of the Equinix ecosystem.”
ASC comprises of a 4,600-kilometre subsea cable that will run from Singapore to Perth, Western Australia, and via Vocus’ terrestrial National Network to major Australian cities.
In April, Vocus and Alcatel Submarine Networks finalised the technical specifications for the ASC system. That was a major milestone according to both companies as it enabled the system to move into full manufacturing mode at the ASC facility in Calais, France.
The ASC was part of the Nextgen Networks acquisition announced in June 2016. Vocus was set to pay $27 million for the ASC project.