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Telecoms - International Networks - Australia

Telecoms - International Networks - Australia

Australia's advanced and extensive telecommunications infrastructure spans the country and extends across the Tasman and into Asia. This report covers international developments in undersea cable and satellite based infrastructure, including backbones across the Tasman Sea and to Asia and the USA

Telstra and its technology partner Alcatel-Lucent launched the Sydney end of a 9,000 km cable to Hawaii in 2008, which competes against rival cables operated by Southern Cross, Pipe Networks and Australia-Japan Cable. There is also the potential for a new cable connection between Western Australia to Asia, while in mid-2013 a consortium including Telstra, Telecom NZ and Vodafone NZ launched a tender for a new cable to run from Sydney to Auckland.

With the National Broadband Network being expanded, the growth in the use of undersea bandwidth will be significant over the next decade as high speed connections become available across Australia. The satellite market will also be boosted over this period as remote users get increased speeds from newly launched satellites which will provide improved connectivity to remote communities. More detail on satellite networks is covered in separate reports: Australia - Telecoms - High-speed satellite services and Australia - Mobile Satellite Services.

Key developments:

Nextgen's North West Cable System secures financing; Hawaiki Cable signs up growing number of telcos; Telstra contracts Infinera to upgrade a range of Pacific area cables; contracts awarded by three operators bidding for Perth to Singapore cable project; SpeedCast opens Perth office and concludes IPO.


1. Synopsis
2. High international broadband costs
3. International cable links
3.1 Sydney to Hawaii Cable Telstra and Alcatel-Lucent
3.2 Sydney to Auckland cable Telstra, Telcom, Vodafone
3.3 Sydney to Oregon cable
3.4 Pipe Networks
3.4.1 PPC-1 cable from Sydney to Guam
3.4.2 Cable to New Zealand with Kordia PPC-2 canned
3.5 Southern Cross Cable Network
3.5.1 Overview of network and cable
3.5.2 Cable life extended to 2025
3.6 Telstra, Optus and AAPT activities
4. Recent developments
4.1 Competition puts prices down
4.2 Pacific Fibre Pacific' cable
5. Other projects
5.1 WA based Ochre cable projects
5.2 Australia Japan Cable (AJC)
5.3 Asia Pacific Cable Network (APCN)
5.4 Perth to Singapore cable
5.5 North West Cable System (NWCS)
6. Regulatory issues
6.1 Permits for submarine cables
6.2 Submarine cables protection zones review 2010
7. Satellite services (separate reports)
7.1 High-speed satellite services
7.2 Mobile satellite services
7.3 SpeedCast
8. Global Internet connectivity
9. Related reports
Table 1 - Number of Autonomous System Numbers per country
Table 2 - Number of network adjacencies by country
Exhibit 1 Telstra submarine projects
Exhibit 2 AAPT international network
Exhibit 3 Does Australia have enough international bandwidth
Exhibit 4 - The AJC system has six landing points:"

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