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19 February 2013
Telecom New Zealand, Vodafone and Telstra have signed a non-binding MoU to co-invest in a submarine cable between Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia.
The cable named Tasman Global
Access (TGA) is designed to significantly improve New
Zealand’s international telecoms connectivity and
to strengthen the country’s links with Asian
TGA is expected to cost less than $60 million and will
incorporate three fibre pairs. It will have a design capacity
of 30Tbps, 300 times today’s internet data demand
out of New Zealand.
The design is expected to be finalised within the next few
months and TGA will likely be completed in mid- to
"We are seeing increased data content being provided from
Australia-based servers by global companies and being accessed
by New Zealand internet users. An additional cable connection
with Australia will strengthen the business case for
international data servers to be located in New Zealand," said
Simon Moutter, CEO of Telecom New Zealand, and Russell
Stanners, CEO of Vodafone New Zealand in a joint
Around 40% of both Telecom NZ and Vodafone NZ’s
international traffic is now Australia to New Zealand compared
to 10% in 2000.
"The partnership is a great outcome for Telstra as the high
capacity, low latency Tasman Global Access cable will supply
greater resilience and redundancies for carriers as well as
enterprises that are located in Australia and looking for
connectivity to New Zealand, as well as stronger international
connectivity. This cable will enable New Zealand to better
leverage Australia's much stronger internet connectivity. It
will also achieve significant international connectivity
benefits for New Zealand to link with Australia, and also
onwards to the USA and into Asia," said Martijn Blanken,
managing director at Telstra Global.
The consortium partners said TGA will achieve significant
international connectivity benefits for New Zealand at a
fraction of the cost of building another much longer
In this, it is likely that they were referring to Pacific
the 13,000km project linking New Zealand and Australia to the
US which was cancelled last summer after failing to raise