Superloop is going direct with the trans-Pacific Southern Cross cable network after years of being connected through capacity uptake using resale channels.
The agreement between the two organisations will provide Superloop with high capacity connectivity to its locations in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
“Superloop has used the Southern Cross systems for a number of years, through capacity uptake using the various resale channels, allowing us to take advantage of the resilient nature of the diverse, twin cable system,” Superloop executive director Bevan Slattery said.
“With Superloop’s strong demand growth, and the advent of the forthcoming Southern Cross NEXT system in the next 18 to 24 months, further increasing the resilience of the network, it was timely for Superloop to look into a direct relationship between the Superloop and Southern Cross ecosystems.”
Superloop sister company and telco infrastructure provider SubPartners is also closely working with the cable network, building a number of facilities to help build the upcoming Southern Cross NEXT subsea cable.
It announced that its Horizontal Directionally Drilled bore in Sydney and arrangements for Beach Man Hole access have been completed.
“We are excited to welcome Superloop as a strategic member of the Southern Cross community,” Southern Cross president and chief executive Anthony Briscoe said.
“I am confident that Southern Cross can continue to support Superloop in providing high capacity and resilient connectivity solutions to their customers.”
The NEXT cable, which will join the existing cable network, is set to go live in early 2020 and will connect Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America, as well as a number of Pacific Islands with more than 60 terabits of capacity.
“The completion of the sea bore for the Southern Cross NEXT cable is yet another important milestone in the project, with landing arrangements in Australia, New Zealand and the United States now effectively completed,” Briscoe said.
“Our partnership with SubPartners for the construction of the facilities has allowed us to leverage their expertise in the construction of similar facilities for other projects that they are involved with in the region, helping us to effectively manage cost and risk around this critical aspect of the project.”