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.
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
"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
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