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NextDC, Superloop say cable to offer ‘fastest route’ between Australia, Singapore Featured

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Data centre operator NextDC has sealed a deal for APAC network provider Superloop to connect the new Indigo subsea cable system to its data centres in Perth and Sydney.

NextDC says its Sydney customers will be amongst the first to benefit from Asia Pacific’s shortest submarine cable route between Sydney and Singapore — also the major AsiaPac gateway to Europe and Africa — by utilising the Indigo Central and Indigo West cables for a path that is about 4000 kilometres shorter than the next shortest submarine path.

The Indigo subsea cable will connect Singapore, Indonesia and Australia, providing significantly lower latency and greater reliability using the shortest subsea links between Australia and fast growing South East Asian markets, enabling speeds exceeding 36Tbps.

The Indigo cable stretches 9200km between Singapore and Perth via Jakarta and onwards to Sydney and will be built by Indigo consortium members AARnet, Google, Indosat, Singtel, SubPartners, and Telstra.

Superloop acquired the cable’s construction firm SubPartners in 2017.

Superloop will provide NextDC with optical layer connectivity to Indigo at both NextDC’s Tier III certified Perth P1 and S1 data centres, as well as their upcoming high capacity, energy efficient, Tier IV designed data centres P2 and S2.

And Superloop will also be the inaugural customer at NextDC’s new 20MW P2 Tier IV data centre currently under development in East Perth.

NextDC says 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 capacity of 18Tbps each, enabling 36 terabit speeds.

“NextDC’s customers want to design their networks, applications and service delivery capabilities using world-class services and direct access to the fastest, most diverse connections available,” says Craig Scroggie, chief executive of NextDC.

“Our partnership with Superloop provides our customers access to the most direct connectivity between Perth and Sydney, and the fastest gateway into Singapore via a simple Cross Connect. Having Indigo as our first P2 customer underlines the ever-increasing importance of cloud-to-cloud connectivity, whether national or international, and supports Perth’s acceleration towards a cloud-based economy.”

Drew Kelton, chief executive 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.”

NextDC says the Indigo cable network will deliver about a 40-millisecond latency advantage over existing submarine cable systems connecting to Sydney and Singapore.

“The Indigo subsea network combined with NextDC’s cutting edge data centres open up new opportunities in Australia and APAC to deliver products that demand low latency connectivity, such as higher accuracy 5G-enabled navigational capabilities,” the company says.

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