Australian data centre customers boosted by new Asia Pacific fibre connections

Created November 23, 2018
News and Business

NextDC is boosting its data centre Asia pacific connections with a new partnership with Superloop, which will connect the new Indigo subsea cable system to the firm’s Perth (P1 and P2) and Sydney (S1 and S2) data centres. Sydney customers will benefit from Asia Pacific’s shortest submarine cable route between their city and Singapore – which is also the major Asia Pacific gateway to Europe – by using the Indigo Central and Indigo West cables. This path is about 4,000km shorter than the next shortest submarine path.

Indigo is promising to deliver about a 40-millisecond latency advantage over existing submarine cable systems that connect Sydney and Singapore. The cable will connect these two via Indonesia, providing greater reliability in links to fast-growing South East Asian markets, and enabling speeds of 36 terabits per second. The Indigo cable stretches 9,200km between Singapore and Perth via Jakarta and onwards to Sydney, and is being built by Indigo consortium members AARnet, Google, Indosat, Singtel, SubPartners and Telstra. Superloop acquired the cable’s construction firm SubPartners in 2017.

The connections will go live with Indigo’s expected “ready for service” date in the first half of 2019, when the consortium will light up two fibre optical pairs with a minimum design capacity of 18 terabits per second each, enabling 36 terabit speeds. The Indigo Central link connects Perth to Sydney via a subsea cable south of the Great Australian Bight, while Indigo West connects Perth to Singapore via Jakarta.

Drew Kelton, CEO of Superloop, said: “We are starting to see the benefits of our investment in infrastructure in Australia and South East Asia. Indigo joins these markets together and in conjunction with NextDC provides a springboard for Australian businesses expanding in Asia or Asian business seeking a foothold in Australia.”

Craig Scroggie, CEO of NextDC, said: “Our partnership provides our customers access to the most direct connectivity between Perth and Sydney, and the fastest gateway into Singapore – via a simple cross connect.”



This article was written
by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation