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New Asia Submarine Cable to be Built PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 11:55


H2 Cable and SubCom signed the contract for the supply and installation of the H2 submarine cable system. The cable will be the first to connect Australia and Hong Kong with direct access to China. The cable design also allows for a number of branching units that can be deployed to locations including Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island, Guam, Queensland, Hawaii and Los Angeles.

The very direct route will provide the best latency from Australia across the Pacific Ocean, with the Sydney to Hong Kong branch carrying 15 Tbps per fiber pair and the Sydney to Los Angeles branch carrying more than 12.9 Tbps per fiber pair. The cable has a single end power feeding capability of more than 13,000 km. The branch between Sydney and Los Angeles will follow an entirely diverse route to the north of New Caledonia, which has not been used by any other cable.

The 9,200-km main branch of the H2 submarine cable will support 15 Tbps per fiber pair between Sydney and Hong Kong. The 12,500-km branch between Sydney and Los Angeles will support 12.9 Tbps per fiber pair across what H2 asserts is a fully diverse route to the north of New Caledonia, the first of its kind. Other branches will connect Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island, Guam, and Queensland

“We are pleased to partner with SubCom and are confident their superior technology and operational excellence will enable a smooth system deployment,” said Georges Krebs, CEO of H2. “H2 will bring the necessary boost in connectivity to Australia, which has one of the fastest-growing international traffic streams in the world.”

Remi Galasso, Chairman of H2, added, “Growing capacity requirements and new traffic patterns emerging within the Asia-Pacific region require the deployment of innovative and versatile submarine infrastructures. The H2 cable, with its north and east segments, has been designed to deliver direct connectivity through new subsea paths and provide optimal diversity. We are excited to be at the forefront of this development.”

“The opportunity to create a partnership with H2 and expand our experience in Australia is of great importance to us,” said Mike Rieger, vice president of global sales and marketing at SubCom. “We look forward to providing added connectivity to the Australasian region through the development of the H2 cable.”