Pacific Fibre and TE SubCom partner for trans-Pacific cable

18 July 2011 |


Pacific Fibre has selected TE SubCom, part of TE Connectivity, to be the supplier for its trans-Pacific subsea cable system. The two companies announced the signing of a supply contract for the venture.

Pacifc Fibre’s cable system will stretch 12,750km connecting Australia and New Zealand to the US and, according to Pacific Fibre, will set a new record for the amount of cross sectional capacity it will be able to supply. The landing stations will be in Sydney, Auckland and Los Angeles.

The new cable aims to meet the increasing demand for international bandwidth in the two south Pacific countries.

“Demand for international capacity in Australia and New Zealand is sharply increasing and is on track to continue growing for years to come,” said Mark Rushworth, CEO of Pacific Fibre.

According to Pacific Fibre, when the cable is completed in 2014 it will be the highest-capacity-per-fibre-pair system ever built with a potential capacity of 12.8Tbps.

“The Pacific Fibre cable will not only provide unsurpassed high-speed international connectivity to satisfy the growth in broadband demand, but it will also help Australia and New Zealand realise the potential of both countries’ multi-billion dollar broadband initiatives,” added Rushworth.

Pacific Fibre recently signed a contract with REANNZ worth $75 million to connect the subsea system to public organisations in New Zealand. To read Capacity’s full coverage of this story click here.