Trident Perth-Singapore subsea cable signs Equinix datacentres

The submarine cable that will connect Australia with Singapore and Indonesia has chosen to have points of presence in Equinix's Sydney, Singapore, Jakarta, and Melbourne datacentres.

Trident Subsea Cable has announced that it has chosen Equinix's International Business Exchange (IBX) datacentres in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, and Jakarta for its Asia-Pacific submarine cable's points of presence (PoPs).

The submarine cable will have a bandwidth of 28Tbps, utilising 100Gbps coherent dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology, which is upgradeable to 400Gbps, and will connect the west coast of Australia with Singapore via Indonesia.

The cable is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2018.

Equinix's SY1, ME1, SG3, and JK1 datacentres will serve as the cable's PoPs -- making it the first submarine cable to have PoPs in ME1 and JK2 -- in addition to a landing point in Perth.

"We have selected Equinix for its rich, global network of provider-neutral datacentres, and its strong footprint in Australia and Asia specifically," said Alexis Pinto, CEO of Trident Subsea Cable.

"By establishing interconnection points in SY1, ME1, SG3, and JK1, we can provide easy and low-cost access to customers in all key capital cities across our network, as well as all the major carriers and cloud providers who are already part of the Equinix ecosystem."

Equinix Australia managing director Jeremy Deutsch added that the deal with Trident will offer faster speeds and lower latency for its customers.

"Trident is a great addition to the list of network service providers on offer in Equinix, and presents further connectivity options to our customers, particularly in Melbourne, where Trident is the first international submarine cable to establish a PoP in ME1," Deutsch said.

"We're proud to facilitate greater business opportunities between Australia and Asia and provide the gateway for local businesses to enter the Asian market."

Trident Subsea Cable signed a AU$320 million commitment in July 2013 to construct a AU$400 million Perth-to-Singapore subsea cable, backed by Beijing Construction and Engineering Group with the support of the China Development Bank.

The cable will stretch from Perth, Western Australia, through to the Pilbara region to Jakarta in Indonesia, and up to Singapore, and is targeted at governments as well as the mining, oil, and gas industries.

While it competes with SubPartners' APX-West cable and Vocus Communications' Australia Singapore Cable (ASC), which are simultaneously being built, Trident said in August 2013 that its arrangement with Matrix Networks in Indonesia puts it ahead of the other Australia-to-Singapore cables.

The APX-West cable is also on track, in March announcing that Telstra, SubPartners, and Singtel had entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to construct the high-capacity Perth to Singapore subsea cable.

APX-West will be 4,500km long, with two fibre pairs providing a minimum of 10 Terabits per second capacity per pair and two-way data transmission.

This is the second attempt at constructing APX-West; Telstra had initially signed an MoU with SubPartners for capacity on the subsea cable more than three years ago, in March 2013.

The companies are due to begin constructing APX-West at the end of this month, with completion expected by 2018.

Meanwhile, Vocus is in the midst of acquiring 100 percent of the ASC from Nextgen for AU$27 million.

Originally a AU$170 million 50-50 joint-venture deal between Vocus and Nextgen Networks, the ASC project involves constructing a 100Gbps 4,600km subsea cable connecting Perth to Singapore and Indonesia.

"I think if you look at where all three projects are, I think the [ASC] project seems to be most developed: We have a marine survey done, we have permitting, we have a partner in Indonesia, we have connective permitting, we've actually built some of the landing in Singapore, we got the last landing slot in Singapore that's cost effective to develop -- that project is very far down the path," executive director James Spenceley said in June.

All three cables are aimed at replacing the slower-speed SEA-ME-WE 3 (SMW3) cable, which currently carries data traffic between Australia and Singapore.