Telstra along with partners AARNet, Google, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, and SubPartners has fannounced a key milestone in the implementation of the INDIGO subsea cable system with the completion, on schedule, of the final splicing of both the INDIGO West cable and Indigo Central cable.

“This marks the completion of the marine installation of both the 4600km Singapore to Perth INDIGO West submarine cable and 4600km Perth to Sydney INDIGO Central submarine cable,” the telco said, adding that commissioning of the submarine cable system had now kcikd off, with  the project on-schedule to be ready for service before mid-2019.

“This milestone follows the announcement in April 2017 that the consortium had entered into an agreement with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) to build the INDIGO cable system connecting Singapore, Perth and Sydney, with two additional fibre pairs connecting Singapore and Jakarta via a branching unit,” Telstra continued.

The 9,200km INDIGO cable system will seek to bolster stronger links between Australia and the fast-growing South East Asian markets, providing lower latency and enhanced reliability.

“Using today’s coherent optical technology, the cable’s two-fibre pairs will be able to support up to 36 terabits per second, the equivalent of simultaneously streaming millions of movies a second,”

The INDIGO cable system will utilise 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.