HyperOne taps AFL for optical backbone

Created January 4, 2022
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Australian independent digital infrastructure provider HyperOne, has selected Fujikura subsidiary AFL to manufacture optical fibre cables for what is claimed to be the most complete national fibre backbone ever constructed, and the first built in almost two decades.

HyperOne founder and industry veteran Bevan Slattery said the company had selected AFL to manufacture fibre cable at its Australian Tottenham factory, in line with the company’s desire to build a network with a positive impact on local industry. The project is expected to create over 10,000 Australian jobs.

“We wanted to build a network that is made by Australians, for Australians,” explained Slattery. “Having our cable manufactured by local workers here in Melbourne is a key part of that.”

The project has broad support from government, with Federal Minister for the Digital Economy, Senator Jane Hume commenting on the positive impact on jobs in the Victorian manufacturing industry. Hume explained, “We also need Australian businesses to support local suppliers whenever possible, and this is a great example of that.”

“This is a very important piece of new infrastructure for Australia, and we’re excited to start work on it using our quality Australian made products,” said Tony Dunstan, CEO of AFL Australia. “We are kicking off manufacturing today and this project will keep our machines running for at least the next 18 months.”

Group product manager at AFL Australia, Michael Scarano explains, “With almost 40 years of proven history manufacturing optical fibre cable and connectivity, AFL has unique capability to manufacture solutions and service large scale programs such as HyperOne. Our portfolio also includes optical testing and inspection products and as a part of Fujikura, our industry leading 90S optical fibre fusion splicer allows for the jointing of these cables with an absolute minimum of optical loss – something that is critical for modern long haul, high bandwidth networks.”

The backbone network is expected to require over 20,000km of optical fibre cable, and will offer interconnection points at international cable landing stations and locations within regional communities.

The backbone network was first mooted in February 2021.

For more information, visit www.aflglobal.com

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.