RTI choses Equinix to connect JGA subsea cables

RTI choses Equinix to connect JGA subsea cables

21 January 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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RTI Connectivity Pte (RTI) has selected Equinix IBX data centres to land its Japan-Guam-Australia North (JGA North) and Japan-Guam-Australia South (JGA South) subsea cables in Tokyo and Australia.

RTI chose Equinix IBX data centres due to the company’s experience managing cable landing stations as well as because of its dense, rich ecosystems of networks, cloud and financial & IT service providers. Additionally, Equinix offers a neutral landing point for subsea cable operators, reducing their costs and time to deploy by simplifying operations.

"JGA South's initial design capacity of 36Tbps empowers our customers with unrivalled scalability that will seamlessly interconnect Equinix's campuses in Sydney and Tokyo,” said Russ Matulich, chief executive officer, RTI. “Content users of any size can now quickly connect to us across the campus, easily transmit their content over the fastest path between Sydney and Tokyo, and rest assured that their content is being delivered safely and securely."

RTI is due to complete construction of its two high-fibre capacity cables that will land in Guam. At present there are two Equinix termination points live, they are the JGA South with termination into Equinix SY4 IBX in Sydney with a branch to Australia’s Sunshine Coast. Then there is the JGA North connecting Tokyo and Guam with termination into Equinix TY2 UBX in Tokyo.

"RTI's transpacific cable systems is a great addition to the list of submarine cable systems offered in Equinix and presents further connectivity options to our customers,” added Jeremy Deutsch (pictured), president, Equinix Asia-Pacific. “We're proud to facilitate greater business opportunities between Australia and Asia and provide additional enhanced and efficient interconnection options for enterprises and service providers alike, to continue to drive growth of the digital economy between these two growing markets."

Hyperscale cloud providers and enterprise companies are driving data growth between the Asia-Pacific and Australia. As a result, these customers require alternative paths, improved quality of service and cost-effective bandwidth solutions.

"The next-generation design of cable landing stations is evolving to take advantage of economics and technology. Equinix will manage the cable landing station for the JGA South and JGA North subsea cable systems directly in Equinix IBX data centres,” said Tim Stronge, vice president of research at TeleGeography. “This new PoP-to-PoP concept holds the potential for cost savings and an increase in performance to the operators of the cable system."