New cable system promises links from US, SE Asia to Darwin and onwards to Adelaide

Startup telco Inligo Networks has revealed plans to build both a subsea cable connecting Singapore, Indonesia, Timor Leste with Darwin, Australia and the US as well as a terrestrial fibre network connecting Darwin to Adelaide, and then onto the eastern states.

The company revealed the plans on its website after announcing it had secured an Australian telecom carrier license and a partnership including a landing agreement with Timor Leste service provider Sacomtel.

The 18,000 km high-capacity Asia Connect Cable (ACC1) subsea cable system would link Singapore to the US connecting four landing points in Indonesia, Timor Leste, Darwin and Guam with Oregon – work to construct will begin “early” this year. The proposed network will also offer diverse capacity to Tokyo, Japan from Guam and from Japan to Oregon.

A new terrestrial high-capacity cable system called Unite will connect Darwin with Adelai de (Stage 1) with future connections to Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. Unite’s design work has reportedly been completed and a major unnamed national contractor has been engaged. Stage 1 is scheduled to commence construction in 2022.

CommsDay understands the Northern Territory will announce its support for the cables in the next week. Inligo said ACC1 is a key enabler of the NT Government’s Digital Territory strategy which is aimed at positioning Darwin as a highly competitive location to maximise growth and investment in the local digital economy

Inligo signalled it will connect: Darwin ACC1 Cable Landing Station; Darwin Secure Data Centre; Telstra Exchange – 99 Smith Street; NextDC (D1); and DCI Darwin, plus Equinix (AE1); DCI Centres (Adelaide 01- 03); and Telstra Exchanges – Flinders and Waymouth in Adelaide.

The Unite cable from Darwin to Adelaide would also connect to Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy, Woomera, Tarcoola, Whyalla and Port Augusta.

Unite’s Stage 2 connections will include from Adelaide to Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide to Melbourne and are scheduled to commence construction in 2023.

Inligo said the Unite network is designed to support a minimum of 40 x 400Gbps wavelengths per fibre pair. “Our services provide customers with DWDM offtake capacity in the major centres listed. Ethernet services are designed for offtake across the 36 sites on the network including our international sites,” said the company.

Inligo was founded in 2020 by a team of experienced telecommunications industry professionals.

Chief revenue officer Simon Zettl was most recently country manager for MATRIXX Software, while executive director Brian Evans is best known for founding Digital River Networks and most recently was an executive at Telstra. Chief technologist Anthony Callanan has been working as a principal at consulting services company I3 Technologies although has been connected to Inligo for more than a year.

DESTINATION DARWIN: In November Remi Galasso’s H2 announced its 22,000km 240Tbps Hawaiki Nui cable that will directly connect Singapore, Jakarta, Darwin, eastern Australia, the south island of New Zealand, Hawaii and Los Angeles. Construction of Nui is due to start in 2022, with an expected cable ready for service date in 2025.

Last August, Vocus announced what was billed as the first international cable connection into Darwin – a $100m, 1000km fibre connection between the Australia Singapore Cable and the North West Cable System which links Darwin and Port Hedland. Separately, the NT Government also announced that its Terabit Territory plan was delivering 200Gbps wavelengths into Darwin on the Vocus terrestrial fibre network with 40Tbps capacity. In addition Vocus, said it had upgraded its Sydney-Melbourne-Adelaide inter-capital direct routes to deliver four-times more capacity and its Adelaide-Darwin-Brisbane route to offer 25 times more capacity.

HyperOne also confirmed to CommsDay that plans remain on track for its proposed intercapital and regional fibre network across Australia.


Article: Communications Day, Simon Dux

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