Australia’s Nextgen Group said months of underwater surveys mapping the topography of the ocean floor are now completed and cable manufacturing work will start next week in France on Australia’s largest domestic subsea network.
Owned and operated by the Nextgen Group, the subsea optical fibre cable system will deliver data communications services to the oil and gas and mining industries in North Western Australia.
Connecting to Port Hedland, the 2000km long cable will deliver speeds of up to 100GB/s to service customer requirements in the region and provide superior connectivity for the LNG fields in Australia’s north-west, including the Browse and Bonaparte basins, providing essential support to offshore oil and gas projects.
Nextgen Networks Managing Director, David Yuile, said the manufacturing process would take about six months and the cable would be installed in the latter part of 2015, with customer deployment enabled by 2016.
The cable will also deliver an alternative fibre optic solution to Australia’s north-west including Darwin, according to Yuile.
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