The INDIGO consortium has flagged another key milestone in the implementation of its INDIGOcable system, with the landing of the its  Central subsea communications cable at Coogee Beach in Sydney.

The consortium – which comprises AARnet, Google, Indosat, Singtel, SubPartners, and Telstra – said installation of the INDIGO Central cable is slated for completion by early  December, after which the project will deliver a new pivotal subsea comms link  between Sydney and Perth.

It follows the recent landing of the INDIGO WEST cable linking Singapore to Perth and the start of the INDIGO Central marine rollout from Perth.

5bd692ef5882fThe INDIGO West and Central subsea cables are designed to complement each other and when adjoined, will provide Australia’s first and only direct optical path linking up Sydney and Singapore.

“Construction of the overall INDIGO cable system is on-track and will be ready for service by mid-2019,” SubPartners said.

The aim  of the 9,200km INDIGO cable system, made up of INDIGO West and INDIGO Central, is to bolster links between Australia and the fast-growing South East Asian markets, providing lower latency and improved reliability.

“Using today’s coherent optical technology, the cable’s two-fibre pairs will be capable of supporting up to 36 terabits,” said SubPartners.

Superloop CEO Drew Kelton, on behalf of SubPartners, tipped the INDIGO completion as a major  boost to Superloop’s strategy in the APACs region to build international capacity and connectivity between its metropolitan networks.

“We’re on a journey to interconnect and virtualise businesses across the Asia Pacific region, and the go-live of INDIGO will accelerate that plan significantly,” he added.

AARNet CEO Chris Hancock classed the landing event as a significant milestone for the INDIGO project as well as a great leap forward for research and education in Australia.

“The first trans-Australian submarine cable will provide a critical diverse express path between Sydney and Perth to support the huge data transfer demands of the Pawsey Centre, NCI, and the significant growth in data-intensive collaborative research for all “researchers across the country,” said Hancock.

Features and Specifications
Cable Features Specification
Cable Distance (main trunk) 4,850 kilometres
Total Fibre Pairs 2
Cable Power Design Double End Fed
Total System Capability 36 Tbps

Initial Interconnection Points
Australia Perth: Wellington Street
Australia Sydney: Alexandria
RFS Q1 2019