Photos: Pipe Networks' submarine cable

Photos: Pipe Networks' submarine cable

Summary: Pipe Network's Sydney to Guam fibre-optic cable, which is due to go online June next year, makes its way up out of the sea to this landing station in Cromer, where the data from the undersea cable is transferred to terrestrial cables.

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TOPICS: Broadband, Big Data, NBN
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  • The landing station doesn't look much, but capacity of 1.92 terabits per second will be coming in here soon to be dispersed across the nation.

  • The cable comes from the ocean to Cromer, entering the building via this hole in the aptly named "submarine room". The data passes through equipment to transmit and receive optical signals on the terrestrial cable, which will be in the centre of the room.

    It then either heads out through 1,152 fibre cables which leave the room via two paths to create backhaul redundancy or diverts to a customer data room.

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Topics: Broadband, Big Data, NBN

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  • No so secure

    Anyone notice that the caged area does not extend to the roof? Easy access can be had by removing a few ceiling tiles and your in.
    anonymous
  • Monitoring

    Let's just hope that the "unnamed customer" isn't trying for a reapeat of the USA's AT&T/NSA wiretap scandal.

    http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2006/04/70621

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/02/01/atandt_wiretap_assistance_suit/

    It could even be the Aust. Govt ... with their love of secrecy these days, it's not like we'd ever be permitted to find out.
    anonymous
  • Yah true

    But however you find most data centre are like that anyway
    anonymous
  • Yes - not so secure

    I agree with you anonymous 'No so secure' - the physical and electronic security doesn't look very robust - and you're asbsolutely correct about the cage and ceiling tiles. Lets hope they do better with their information security protocols
    anonymous
  • fire system /.?

    i can't see any sign of a halon gas fire system fitted either.
    anonymous
  • Not so Secure

    There are no ceiling tiles on the roof above this area of the facility. With regards to the security of the station, both passive motion detectors and security sensors are being installed in the coming weeks.

    The station is manned and montioring occurs 24/7.

    For further information regarding the construction of the CLS, go to the PI blog. The cable construction and facilities progress is published each day.

    www.pipeinternational.com
    anonymous
  • Fire System

    The Cable Landing Station will incorporate the FM200 and VESDA (Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus) in all technical areas of the facility. These are being installed in the coming weeks.

    For more information, go to the Pipe International blog to see the daily construction and progress of the Cable and the CLS.

    www.pipeinternational.com
    anonymous
  • Who's Anonymous?

    Is that you Sol or somebody spreading FUD from Southern Star? Scared about another compeditor providing international capacity?
    anonymous
  • That space

    I bet its blizzard that owns it. Putting in Oceanic servers finally.
    anonymous
  • blizzard

    hahahaha why would they buy space in a CLS when they could buy space in any number of datacentres in Sydney.

    The cage will be someone who has bought major capacity on the cable and wants to house their equipment there.
    anonymous
  • Cage Owner

    Considering both iiNet and Internode are big stakeholders in the project, its pretty likely that one of those two is taking that space.
    anonymous
  • Yes, will be secure

    The cage is a delineation within the data centre for that customer rather than a full-on security barrier. Electronic locks will be fitted prior to customer occupation of this section to control approved access. Cameras and motion detectors will alert the 24/7 station staff to any unapproved access by one of the few people who have access to the Data Centres. Walls, floors & ceilings of the Data Centres are solid concrete. The electronically and camera monitored access doors are solid, fire rated, with electronic locks to be fitted pre-customer occupation. External cameras will also be monitoring for would be touble makers.

    Refer www.pipeinternational.com for regular updates
    anonymous