Equinix to Connect Vocus ASC in Australia and Singapore

Australian Singapore Cable Route: The new subsea cable system offers additional points of presence in Equinix IBX data centers, to address rising interconnection demand between Australia and Southeast Asia; Photo: PRNewsfoto/Equinix

Equinix announced the Vocus-owned Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) will be accessible in its International Business Exchange data centers in Singapore and across six metros in Australia, including the Cable Landing Station (CLS) in Perth and points of presence (PoP) in Sydney and Melbourne already announced.

The ASC is a 4,600-kilometer subsea cable that will connect Singapore and Australia and is expected to be completed and operational by Q1 FY19.

The ASC is the first 40Tbps subsea cable system between Asia and Australia, which will provide businesses with the capacity to handle growth in data consumption, with lower latency and cost, between the two locations.

With today’s announcement, ASC will add more PoPs to Equinix facilities in Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane. Together with the CLS in Perth, the extended access will enable Equinix to meet customer demands for interconnection and networking capabilities with businesses between Australia and Southeast Asia.

Kevin Russell, CEO of Vocus, said: “We are delighted that Equinix is expanding the reach and availability of the ASC cable by connecting it directly into nine of their sites across Australia and Singapore. The Vocus terrestrial network has vast reach throughout Australia, New Zealand and now into Asia. Combining the extensive interconnection ecosystems in Equinix, with the far-reaching Vocus network, we will provide customers with easy and low-cost access to all of their partners from Singapore to major metropolitan cities in Australia.”

Jeremy Deutsch, managing director of Equinix Australia, stated: “Equinix is thrilled to be able to expand our customers’ access to the new ASC across each of our metropolitan areas. This will in turn provide both cost and latency advantages when doing business with organizations across Southeast Asia.”

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