Telstra acquires APX West submarine cable

21 March 2013 |

Telstra Global has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SubPartners to acquire a fibre pair on the Perth to Singapore route from the APX West submarine cable.

SubPartners is an Australian-based submarine cable group, and construction is expected to commence in the middle of this year, with an estimated completion date in Q4 of 2014.

“We have been working with Telstra for some time and were able to agree, not just the commercial terms, but also provide the level of certainty, flexibility and independence which ultimately led to their decision to invest in APX West and SubPartners,” Bevan Slattery, CEO at SubPartners, told reporters.

The completed cable will span 4,600km between Singapore and Perth, and is designed to provide two-way data transmission by incorporating four optic fibre pairs, each with an initial design capacity of 8Tbps.

The deal further extends Telstra’s global footprint, following its recent agreement with Nottingham University in the UK to connect its campuses in Asia.