PPC-1 submarine cable switches on

The PIPE Networks undersea cable system, PIPE Pacific Cable (PPC-1), was officially launched today

The PIPE Networks undersea cable system, PIPE Pacific Cable (PPC-1), stretching from Sydney to Guam, was officially launched today at an event at Sydney’s Australian Technology Park.

The cable system, capable of carrying data at 1.92 terabits per second, through the transmission of IP packets between Australia and the US, is expected to bring increased competition to Australia's broadband market.

PIPE International CEO, Bevan Slattery said the PPC-1 submarine cable will be a catalyst for change in the Australian telecommunications industry.

“Today’s launch of PPC-1 means that Australia is on the cusp of cheaper bandwidth. The game is now on and greater competition, increased bandwidth and wider choice will be the end result,” Slattery said in a statement.

Yesterday, two leading analysts called for Australia to invest in more international submarine cable links to cater for continued growth in Internet traffic.

Pipe’s technical staff have spent the last four months establishing points of presence (PoPs) and carrying out extensive testing of the PPC-1. A Network Operations Centre (NOC) was also established to ensure that the system is monitored around the clock.

The PPC-1 cable is 6900kms long and includes three cable landing stations in Sydney, Guam and Papua New Guinea. It will provide onward connectivity to Asia and the United States.

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