TE Subcom to supply system for APX-West cable system

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 in Industry News

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, and SubPartners Pty Ltd. have signed a system supply contract for the APX-West submarine fiber-optic cable system from Perth, Australia, to Singapore. The APX-West cable will deliver low-latency, diverse capacity between the two countries.

APX-West will be a four-fiber-pair system that uses the latest ultra-long haul design to deliver much needed capability and resiliency to the region. It will connect Perth to Changi North, Singapore, with planned branches to Jakarta, Indonesia, and Christmas Island. The fiber-optic network will be approximately 4700-km long and will have an initial design capacity of up to 32 Tbps. It is expected to be ready for service by Q2 2015.

“Today’s announcement marks a major step forward in our vision towards a more diverse and resilient Asia Pacific region,” said Bevan Slattery, CEO of SubPartners. “Our model of selling spectrum directly to major telecommunications and content providers gives the flexibility and benefits of infrastructure ownership without the significant capital investment required of a single entity in undertaking such a project. I am pleased that TE SubCom and SubPartners are able to work together on this unique project to change the international capacity market for the better.”

“This system will rely on our advanced technology to deliver enhanced connectivity across a large region where the growing population requires and demands additional bandwidth,” said David Coughlan, CEO of TE SubCom.  “We look forward to implementing a world-class cable system on behalf of SubPartners that we believe will have an immediate, positive effect on the region.”