Alcatel-Lucent wins TGA cable contract

18 December 2014 |


Alcatel-Lucent has signed a contract with the Tasman Global Access (TGA) consortium – Spark New Zealand, Telstra and Vodafone – to build the subsea cable between New Zealand to Australia.

The 2,300km route is designed with a capacity of at least 20Tbps and will offer low-latency connectivity across the Tasman Sea, between Raglan, New Zealand, and Narrabeen, Australia.

“TGA will further strengthen reliable ultra-broadband connectivity in Australasia for a growing range of applications, including cloud computing, data centre applications, content delivery, government and enterprise services,” said Simon Moutter, managing director at Spark New Zealand, and Russell Stanners, CEO at Vodafone New Zealand.

“Additionally, it will enable a significant improvement in the robustness of New Zealand’s international connectivity with the rest of the world, by delivering this high capacity, alternative route.”

In May this year, Alcatel-Lucent upgraded the Apollo subsea cable system, which connects the UK and France to the US.

Philippe Dumont, president of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said that the project confirms the continued growth of connectivity needs in Australasia and Asia.

“We are pleased to provide our 100G coherent technology to help the consortium build the Tasman Global Access cable that will significantly improve the bandwidth and reliability for traffic to and from New Zealand.”