Equinix connecting to ASC cable in Australia and Singapore

15 June 2018 | Jason Mcgee-Abe

Equinix has announced the Vocus-owned Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) will be accessible in its International Business ExchangeTM (IBX) data centres in Singapore and across six metros in Australia.

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The new subsea cable system offers additional points of presence to address rising interconnection demand between Australia and Southeast Asia, and "Equinix is thrilled to be able to expand our customers' access to the new ASC across each of our metropolitan areas", said Jeremy Deutsch, managing director of Equinix Australia.

"This will in turn provide both cost and latency advantages when doing business with organisations across Southeast Asia." The new pathway from Western Australia to Southeast Asia, and additional capacity, will also serve to boost the strength of Australia's internet landscape.

Business between Australia and Singapore is increasing rapidly as Singapore's growth expands and the nation acts as a key trade, logistics and manufacturing hub for Asia. The ASC is the first 40Tbps subsea cable system between Asia and Australia, which will provide businesses with the capacity to handle growth in data consumption, with lower latency and cost, between the two locations.

The 4,600km ASC will add more PoPs to Equinix facilities in Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane. Together with the cable landing station (CLS) in Perth, the extended access will enable Equinix to meet customer demands for interconnection and networking capabilities with businesses between Australia and Southeast Asia.

Connecting in six metropolitan cities in Australia, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane, the ASC cable will immediately leverage more than 155 networks to enable customers to do business across the region.

The level of global data traffic is expected to reach 3.3 zettabytes by 20212 and almost every byte touches a subsea cable as cloud service providers, network service providers, content providers and enterprises push to move data globally in real-time. Equinix continues to build momentum to meet this rapidly increasing need for subsea cables through data centre design, partnerships and acquisitions.

"We are delighted that Equinix is expanding the reach and availability of the ASC cable by connecting it directly into nine of their sites across Australia and Singapore. The Vocus terrestrial network has vast reach throughout Australia, New Zealand and now into Asia," added Kevin Russell, CEO of Vocus.

"Combining the extensive interconnection ecosystems in Equinix, with the far-reaching Vocus network, we will provide customers with easy and low-cost access to all of their partners from Singapore to major metropolitan cities in Australia."

The expanded connection of the ASC follows the Equinix completion of the Metronode acquisition, which expanded its data centres to four new markets in Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane, and additional facilities in Sydney and Melbourne.

The ASC is expected to be completed and operational by Q1 FY19.

Topics: Equinix, IBX, Australia, Vocus, Singapore, subsea, IBX, date centre, metro