Friday, 26 November 2021 11:57

Equinix deploys subsea cable system to connect Australia and Middle East


Digital infrastructure company Equinix has been selected by Sub.Co for the landing of the Oman Australia Cable into its International Business Exchange data centres in Perth, Australia, and Muscat, Oman.

Equinix says these locations will serve as strategic interconnection points for the 9,800-kilometre subsea cable system.

Perth has become an important gateway for subsea cables in Australia. It also serves a strategic role as the west coast connectivity point that provides geographic diversity from Sydney and eastern region.

Muscat is strategically located between Asia, Africa and Europe, serving as a regional interconnection hub between key global markets, and the OAC is expected to further enhance Oman’s competitiveness in the global digital economy.

OAC will be completed in Q2 2022 and will connect Australia to Oman. By providing a direct link between these two countries into Equinix IBX data centres, hyperscalers, enterprise customers, and network providers will have access to a dense ecosystem of networks and the lowest latency, and most direct path between Australia and onward into Europe.

The direct connection highlights the following key facts:

OAC is a three-fibre pair system that will deliver capacity between Australia and Oman. This new route complements the existing networks within the country and provides additional international bandwidth for an ever-increasing need for high-performance connectivity.

The suite of landing station infrastructure in PE2 and MC1 will provide security and diverse network entry points for building out OAC’s core network. Equinix’s experience in deploying landing stations and PE2 and MC1’s proximity to the Indian Ocean and multiple strategic subsea cable systems were an important criteria in the selection process.

Equinix says it is a natural destination for subsea cable operators. Today, 41 Equinix IBX data centres are subsea-enabled around the world. When subsea cable systems are linked to cloud and content ecosystems on Platform Equinix, customers can access more than 3,000 Cloud and IT service providers globally.

Equinix operates 17 IBX data centres across Australia. Equinix completed a US$11million (approx. A$15.6 million) expansion of its PE2 IBX data centre in 2019. This facility provides colocation, as well as a host of advanced interconnection services, enabling virtual interconnections to cloud service providers such as Google Cloud. The Equinix Perth campus will offer customers connecting to OAC long-term colocation capacity to scale their environments. Already a major interconnection point due to geographical proximity and next generation subsea cable connectivity for the ASC and Indigo systems, OAC positions Perth as Australia’s connection point to Europe.

Opened last October 2020, Equinix MC1 is located in Barka, South Al Batinah in Muscat, the capital of Oman. It is Equinix’s first data centre in Oman and its fourth in the Middle East and North Africa. Equinix MC1 benefits from direct connectivity to strategic cable landing stations and subsea cable systems that terminate directly inside the facility. MC1 includes more than 23,600 square feet of colocation space and 725 cabinets. The site also has capacity to grow to more than 2,150 cabinets with future IBX builds.

"Building OAC was very important for us, as a key new route to mitigate against the risks inherent in systems that traverse from Asia to Europe, Middle East, and Africa via the Malacca Strait. Working with Equinix is another key component of ensuring OAC’s success, given their global capabilities and flexible approach,” says Sub.Co founder Bevan Slattery.

“Our customers on the OAC will be able to take advantage of Equinix’s international ecosystem, in Perth and Muscat. Two great brands, working together to deliver amazing outcomes,” adds Sub.Co CEO Jim Clarke.

"Perth is an important growth market for Equinix in Australia and a strategic interconnection point into Asia and now Middle East and North Africa thanks to the OAC. We are thrilled to provide our enterprise customers and partners in Australia even greater access to the growing network of global subsea cables,” comments Equinix Australia managing director Guy Danskine.

“Rapid growth of the digital economy has driven increased demand for global connectivity and hybrid multicloud solutions in the Middle East and North Africa. At Equinix, we are providing customers direct access to different markets via the best routes. The Equinix Internet Exchange link allows network operators, content providers and enterprises, to leverage a global subsea cable fabric connecting cities, countries, and continents together,” concludes Equinix Middle East and North Africa managing director Kamel Tawil.

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