Google and Telstra join team of telcos for new subsea cable

Google, and other members in the consortium including Australian research network AARNet, telcos Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel and Telstra, and SubPartners, will be able to share ownership of spectrum on the cable, giving them the ability to independently take advantage of technology advancements and future upgrades as required.

Superloop has inherited its membership in the INDIGO consortium via the recent acquisition of subsea cable operator SubPartners for $2.5 million.

Slattery, who is the chairperson and CEO of the Superloop Group said in a statement: "We are very excited by the prospect of offering customers a fully meshed Pan-Asian network, connecting the existing metropolitan networks which we own and operate".

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The new agreement enables the businesses to provide additional connectivity between Australia and South East Asia, with the build of a new worldwide subsea cable system that will connect Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. The new cable will land in existing facilities in Singapore, Australia, and Indonesia.

Infrastructure is critical to the fabric of the internet, as well as to conducting business across the globe.

Telstra's group managing director of global services and worldwide David Burns said with internet data consumption growing by 70% in Asia past year, investments such as Indigo are critical for meeting the connectivity needs of consumers and businesses. The company announced Wednesday that it is helping to fund a project called Indigo, which will connect Jakarta, Singapore, Perth and Sydney to one another.

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Indigo will initially have two fiber pairs with a design capacity of around 18 terabits per second - enough capacity for people in Singapore and Sydney to join 8 million simultaneous high-definition Google Hangout video conference calls. "We are delighted to be a part of the INDIGO cable system to finally realise this significant infrastructure project, and provide Australia with a new diverse global route into South East Asia". The system will also feature coherent optical technology, which uses light to transmit data along fiber optic cables.

Ooi Seng Keat, Vice President, Carrier Services, Group Enterprise at Singtel said, "The construction of Indigo is timely to meet the rising demand for high-speed broadband between Asia and Australia".

Nokia-owned Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks will now build Indigo, and the cable is scheduled for completion by the middle of 2019. "Once the cables are complete, we will have even more capacity to meet growing customer demand across the region".

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