INDIGO subsea cable installation complete

25 Jan 2019

The consortium behind the upcoming INDIGO subsea cable system have announced the completion of the installation of the INDIGO West and INDIGO Central cables.

Commissioning of the 9,000km INDIGO cable system, which will connect Singapore and Indonesia with Australia, has now begun and the system is on track to be ready for service before the middle of the year.

The two-fiber pair, 36Tbps INDIGO cable system will consist of two components, the INDIGO Central cable between Singapore, Jakarta and Perth on the west coast of Australia, and the INDIGO West cable that will run between Perth and Sydney on the east coast of Australia.

The cable system will utilize new spectrum sharing technology that will allow each member of the consortium to independently implement technology upgrades and capacity increases.

The INDIGO consortium consists of Australia's Telstra and AARNet, Indonesia's Indosat Ooredoo, Singapore's Singtel, subsea cable company SubPartners and Google.

“The completion of the INDIGO cable system heralds a new era of high speed communications between the growing economies of Southeast Asia and Australia,” Singtel VP for carrier services group enterprise Ooi Seng Keat said.

Telstra head of international Oliver Camplin-Warner added that the INDIGO West cable will onwards connect to Telstra's extensive terrestrial network.

“Our vast subsea network is a key part of our international growth strategy and we will continue to invest in additional capacity to meet the increasing demand for data and maintain our network leadership in the Asia-Pacific region.”

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