TPG Telecom turns to Infinera for PPC-1 upgrade

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TPG Telecom is upgrading its subsea cable between Australia and Guam, PPC-1, with Infinera’s ICE6 800G solution.

The "significant upgrade" will boost cable capacity and improve reliability, according to TPG,

Using the latest technology from Infinera, the project will boost data capacity along the key internet backbone link by 50%, from 8Tbps currently to 12Tbps. The upgrade also includes enabling direct connectivity to key Sydney points of presence (POPs), connecting TPG Telecom customers beyond the landing station.

Barry Kezik, TPG Telecom's executive general manager mobile and fixed networks, said: “We are increasing the capacity of this vital international link by 50 percent to meet the growing data requirements of our customers, which is being driven by booming demand for cloud computing and video streaming.”

“With this investment, TPG Telecom confirms its long-term commitment to provide international services to Australia,” Kezik added.

At 6,900 kilometres, the ultra-long-haul PPC-1 runs from Cromer, New South Wales, in Australia, to Piti, Guam and includes connectivity to Papua New Guinea. It has two fibre pairs spanning approximately 7,000 kilometres, with 78 repeaters spaced approximately 92 kilometres apart

Built by TPG subsidiary PIPE Networks, PPC-1 has long used kit supplied by Infinera.

Nick Walden, SVP of worldwide sales for Infinera, said of this latest development: “Infinera is excited to collaborate with TPG Telecom to deploy our industry-leading ICE6 800G solution on its critical subsea network, offering higher-speed bandwidth and more capacity and arming TPG Telecom with the ability to deliver new high-speed connectivity services.”