Superloop has increased its connectivity capacity after signing a direct agreement with Southern Cross Cables.
Previously, the publicly-listed company was connected to Southern Cross Cables via different resale channels.
Superloop expects the direct access to improve connectivity between its multiple strategic locations in Australia, New Zealand and the US.
“Superloop has used the Southern Cross systems for a number of years, through capacity uptake using the various resale channels, allowing us to take advantage of the resilient nature of the diverse, twin cable system,” Superloop founder and executive director Bevan Slattery said.
“With Superloop’s strong demand growth, and the advent of the forthcoming Southern Cross NEXT system in the next 18-24 months, further increasing the resilience of the network, it was timely for Superloop to look into a direct relationship between the Superloop and Southern Cross eco-systems.”
The Southern Cross NEXT cable system is due go live in early 2020 and will connect Australia, New Zealand and the US, as well as a number of other Pacific Islands.
Southern Cross Cables announced the completion of both its Sydney Horizontal Directionally Drilled bore and arrangements for Beach Man Hole access in preparation for the Southern Cross NEXT subsea cable.
The system is designed to be able to provide more than 60 Terabits of capacity and will join the existing Southern Cross systems.
These were built buy SubPartners, which was acquired by Superloop in 2017 in a move to expand the company's capacity internationally.
“We are excited to welcome Superloop as a strategic member of the Southern Cross community,” Southern Cross president and CEO Anthony Briscoe said.
“I am confident that Southern Cross can continue to support Superloop in providing high capacity and resilient connectivity solutions to their customers.
“Superloop and Southern Cross have a strong record of success and innovation with regards to connectivity solutions that enable our respective users to connect and grow their businesses, as well as offering our customers access to an increasing number of new connectivity options to leverage and scale their operations more effectively."
The move comes days after BigAir Group co-founder and former CEO Jason Ashton announced he was stepping down from his executive role at Superloop due to personal reasons.
Ashton will continue as a director and consultant for National Broadband Network (NBN) integration.
Since BigAir was acquired by Superloop in December 2016 Ashton has also been an executive director with Superloop, with the company advising shareholders on 2 July that he will remain as a director.