Southern Cross NEXT launches submarine community connecting Australasia to the US is now out there!


Sydney, Australia. 7 July 2022 – Southern Cross Cables Restricted (“Southern Cross”) has introduced the launch of its Southern Cross NEXT (“NEXT”) cable, together with the implementation and testing of 400GbE providers throughout the 15,840km community.

In what’s believed to be one other for the longest single span 400GbE providers but achieved on a submarine cable community, Southern Cross in collaboration with Ciena had been in a position to efficiently fee and check the providers error-free as a part of the NEXT commissioning processes, paving the way in which for the introduction of 400GbE providers between Sydney, Auckland and Los Angeles.

The NEXT cable will assist Southern Cross’ persevering with mission to allow dependable connectivity between the folks and communities of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands to the remainder of the world. The NEXT cable will present the primary worldwide submarine fibre connections to Tokelau and Kiribati and reinforce Fiji‘s rising function as a digital hub for the Pacific Islands.

The NEXT cable has taken simply over two years to finish through the world pandemic and can grow to be the third route within the Southern Cross community eco-system between Australasia and the USA. The NEXT system will increase the capability of the ecosystem by roughly 500%, to round 100 Terabits/second, successfully greater than doubling Australia and New Zealand’s direct worldwide connectivity functionality to the USA. To place this in perspective, this could enable the switch of the half petabyte of information generated from the approximate 7,500 F1 2022 automobile wind-tunnel mannequin checks in 111 seconds, or simply over 300 seconds to switch the estimated 10 billion photographs on Fb.

Southern Cross NEXT leverages Ciena’s GeoMesh Excessive, powered by WaveLogic 5 Excessive (WL5e) coherent optical know-how, to seamlessly mesh the brand new system into the present Southern Cross eco-system community material. Ciena’s WL5e know-how additionally helps underpin Southern Cross’ sustainable improve path by decreasing energy prices and inefficiencies by greater than 600% on a per bit foundation.

Mr Laurie Miller, CEO of Southern Cross Cable Community says, “The Southern Cross NEXT cable system is up and working, and the brand new know-how and functionality will assist the rising demand for hyperscale bandwidth pushed by cloud adoption and digitisation together with altering wants of our clients and the trade. As a part of our future technique, not solely is NEXT the primary of the alternative cables for our current techniques after they retire in 2030, it additionally completes a trifecta for us. Southern Cross is presently the supplier of the bottom latency routes between Sydney and Auckland, together with Auckland to Los Angeles, and can now add the bottom latency route between Sydney and Los Angeles to our portfolio.”

“Collaborating with Ciena, we’re thrilled to proceed to supply the most recent in subsea know-how that can present enhanced reliability and community connectivity from Los Angeles to Sydney and Auckland, Fiji, Tokelau and Kiribati. Southern Cross and Ciena have a protracted heritage of working collectively to push the envelope for what is feasible in subsea know-how. We’re already seeing unimaginable curiosity from the market in 400GbE providers, and you’ll count on to see extra bulletins from us within the close to future.”

“With end-user digital purposes persevering with to proliferate, cable operators like Southern Cross want adaptive networks that may sort out ever-growing capability calls for but stay dependable throughout lengthy distances. As the primary cable based mostly on the open submarine cable mannequin, the Southern Cross NEXT cable employs the most recent developments in submarine community efficiency and builds upon the muse of obtainable real-time capabilities supplied by Ciena’s GeoMesh Excessive,” says Matthew Vesperman, managing director for Ciena Australia and New Zealand.

Consisting of three numerous submarine cable routes, greater than 20 entry factors, and over 43,000km, the Southern Cross ecosystem will assist excessive capability and low latency routes between Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tokelau, Kiribati, Hawaii, and the US West Coast.

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