The Asia Pacific region is at a unique crossroads in terms of connectivity.
A combination of the reliance on a limited number of main systems is of concern for markets such as Australia and New Zealand, while the South East Asian markets are looking for completely geographically diverse cable paths to the United States.
With Australia’s rise in strategic global importance through industries including defence, mining and resources the need for resilient, scalable and affordable connectivity is critical.
To the east of Australia, a single cable provides the only direct connection to New Zealand. The only redundant path is via Hawaii, a distance of over 15,000km.
This lack of diversity is a common problem to many Pacific island nations where there is no redundant capacity, or no submarine capacity at all.
Remarkably, to the west of Australia the situation is no better. A single cable path provides direct connectivity between Western Australia and Singapore. This system was constructed in the late 90’s with technical and commercial limitations that affect capacity and upgrade paths.