A global consortium involved in the construction of the Indigo subsea cable system that will connect Australia and Singapore, announced earlier this week that it has completed the 2,400-kilometer first phase of the project between Perth and Christmas Island, south of Java. (Antara Photo/ Agung Rajasa)

Global Consortium Completes First Phase of Subsea Cable Connnecting Australia, SE Asia

BY :SARAH YUNIARNI

SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

Jakarta. A global consortium involved in the construction of the Indigo subsea cable system that will connect Australia and Singapore, announced earlier this week that it has completed the 2,400-kilometer first phase of the project between Perth and Christmas Island, south of Java.

The consortium comprises tech giant Google, Australia's largest telecommunications firm Telstra, Australian internet service provider AARNet, Indonesia's second-largest telecommunication firm Indosat Ooredoo, Singaporean telecommunications firm Singtel and submarine cable construction firm SubPartners.

The second phase of the project, which will link Singapore and Indonesia, is set to start this month and slated for completion by the end of this year. There will be two additional fiber pairs connecting Singapore and Jakarta via a branching unit.

"This strategic collaboration will provide Indonesia with wider connectivity to the rapidly growing Australian and Southeast Asian markets. We look forward to the Indigo subsea cable passing through Jakarta," Indosat Ooredoo president director Joy Wahjudi said in a statement on Monday (24/09).

"We want our customers to enjoy global connectivity, while also improving their life and business performance through high-quality connectivity and internet access," Joy added.

The consortium was established in April last year and it is collaborating with Alcatel Submarine Networks, which provides the ship Ile de Brehat, used to deploy the cable.

The 9,200-kilometer Indigo subsea cable will strengthen the telecommunication network between Southeast Asia and Australia.

The construction of the entire project is currently on progress and will be completed and ready for commercial use by the middle of next year.

Using the latest coherent optical technology, the cable's two-fiber pairs will be able to support up to 36 terabits per second – the equivalent of simultaneously streaming millions of movies per second.

The cable will utilize new spectrum-sharing technology, so each consortium member will have the ability to independently take advantage of technology advancements for future upgrades and capacity increases on demand.

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