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TPG Telecom and Infinera to boost Pacific cable capacity

Infinera and TPG Telecom have partnered to connect Guam and Australia through a major technological upgrade .

TPG Telecom and Infinera have announced a major technology upgrade of TPG Telecom ’ s submarine cable connecting Australia and Guam to significantly boost cable capacity and improve reliability leveraging Infinera ’ s ICE6 800G solution .

Nick Walden , Senior Vice President , Worldwide Sales , Infinera , said : “ Infinera is excited to collaborate with TPG Telecom to deploy our industry-leading ICE6 800G solution on its critical subsea network , offering higher-speed bandwidth and more capacity and arming TPG Telecom with the ability to deliver new high-speed connectivity services .”
TPG Telecom has received the necessary regulatory approvals to modify relevant PPC- 1 assets . The upgrade works are expected to be completed this year . p
PPC-1 is TPG Telecom ’ s ultra-long-haul cable system connecting Australia and Guam , including connectivity to Papua New Guinea . It has two fiber pairs spanning approximately 7,000 kilometers , with 78 repeaters spaced approximately 92 kilometers apart . The submarine cable is a major gateway for North America and other Asia Pacific destinations .
Using the latest technology from Infinera , the project will boost data capacity on this key Internet backbone link by 50 %, from eight terabits per second currently to 12 terabits per second . Enabling direct connectivity to key Sydney points of presence ( POPs ) is part of this upgrade , delivering seamless connections for TPG Telecom customers beyond the landing station .
Barry Kezik , Executive General Manager of Mobile and Fixed Networks , TPG Telecom , said : “ We are increasing the capacity of this vital international link by 50 % to meet the growing data requirements of our customers , which is being driven by booming demand for cloud computing and video streaming . With this investment , TPG Telecom confirms its long-term commitment to provide international services to Australia .”
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