Three companies are battling it out to provide a new submarine cable link between Perth and Asia. It’s a route currently served only by SeaMeWe-3, an outdated network between Australia, Asia and Europe built in 1999. With more data stored in Asia there’s a clear business case for a new west coast link – but not for three. As Ovum Research Director David Kennedy suggests, it’s likely only one will be viable. So, it’s a race to the finish line.
In this week’s CrossTalk Phil Dobbie talks to Mark deKock, CEO of Trident, one of the companies battling it out in the west. The other two are Nextgen’s Australian Singapore Cable and Bevan Slattery’s Sub Partners, planning to run from Perth to Singapore via Jakarta.
Former iiNet and Internode CTO John Lindsay describes Bevan’s approach as “deliciously disruptive”, selling customers spectrum rather than capacity, so users can implement their own methods of improving throughput.
So who will win? Listen and judge for yourself, as CrossTalk watches the battle on the Western Front.