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Southern Cross cable ups capacity and cuts prices

Southern Cross cable ups capacity and cuts prices

International cable gets first 200 Gigabits of extra capacity from latest upgrade.

Southern Cross has announced the first 200 Gigabits of capacity from its latest upgrade is available at the same time as prices have been reduced by up to 44 percent. Southern Cross also announced the deployment of 100 Gigabits per second transmission equipment by December this year.

According to Southern Cross the upgrade is the fifth since 2001. In October 2011 Southern Cross signed a two stage capacity upgrade contract to deploy Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and 5400 reconfigurable switches as well as Ciena’s OneControl unified management systems. The first phase uses 40 Gigabits per second transmission equipment on the network for the first time.

However the move to 40 Gbps from the existing 10 Gbps platform will be short lived, says Southern Cross as the company will implement Ciena's 100 Gbps transmission equipment by December when the second phase of the current upgrade is due to be completed.

“The implementation of 100 Gigabit equipment this year is some two years sooner than previously anticipated and it demonstrates how the potential size of our network grows in huge leaps,” says Ross Pfeffer, Southern Cross sales and marketing director. “Some have said there won’t be enough capacity for hi-speed internet growth, but as our expansions and the ongoing rapid advances in technology show, that couldn’t be further from the truth”.

“With lower marginal capacity cost we have reduced our prices to the US from both New Zealand and Australia by 44 percent," says Pfeffer.

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