AARNet, Google, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, SubPartners, and Telstra, Wednesday announced they have entered into an agreement with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) to build a new international subsea cable system.
Once completed, the INDIGO cable system (previously known as APX West & Central) will strengthen links between Australia and the fast-growing South East Asian markets, providing faster connection speed and enhanced reliability.
The INDIGO cable system will span approximately 9,000 km and connect Singapore and Perth, and onwards to Sydney. Landing in existing facilities in Singapore, Australia and Indonesia, the system will also allow connections between Singapore and Jakarta.
The system will use a two-fibre pair ‘open cable’ design with spectrum- sharing technology. This allows consortium members to share ownership of spectrum within the cable, giving them the ability to independently take advantage of technology advancements and future upgrades as required.
Using coherent optical technology, which uses light to transmit data along fibre optic cables, each of the two-fibre pairs will have a minimum capacity of 18 terabits per second, with the option to increase this capacity in the future. This effectively means that INDIGO will be able to transmit an equivalent of 7.2 million high definition online movies simultaneously from Singapore to Sydney. ASN will construct the cable, which is expected to be completed by mid-2019.