Superloop to Connect INDIGO Subsea Cable to NEXTDC’s Data Centres

INDIGO Cable Central and INDIGO Cable West. Photo: NEXTDC

NEXTDC has signed a partnership agreement with Superloop to connect the new INDIGO subsea cable system to its Perth (P1 and P2) and Sydney (S1 and S2) data centres.

NEXTDC’s Sydney customers will be amongst the first to benefit from Asia Pacific’s shortest submarine cable route between Sydney and Singapore by utilizing the INDIGO Central and INDIGO West cables.

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 South East Asian markets, enabling speeds of 36 terabits per second.

The INDIGO cable stretches 9,200km 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 its upcoming Tier IV designed P2 and S2 data centres. Superloop will also be the inaugural customer at NEXTDC’s new 20MW P2 Tier IV data centre currently under development in East Perth.

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 design capacity of 18 terabits per second each, enabling 36 terabit speeds.

The INDIGO Central link connects Perth to Sydney via a subsea cable south of the Great Australian Bight, while the INDIGO West connects Perth to Singapore via Jakarta.

Drew Kelton, CEO 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’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,” said Craig Scroggie, CEO 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.”

The INDIGO cable network will deliver about a 40-millisecond latency advantage over existing submarine cable systems connecting to Sydney and Singapore.

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