Consortium Partners Starts Commissioning of INDIGO Cable System

Telstra’s press release says the commissioning work of the submarine fiber optic cable system, INDIGO has commenced. The work started after the last fibers of the submarine fiber cables of INDGO West and INDIGO Central were spliced to complete the marine installation of the INDIGO cables system.

Telstra along with its consortium partners AARNet, Google, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel and SubPartners announced the commencement of commissioning work. Completion of marine deployment and start of commissioning work is a significant milestone in the implementation of the INDIGO subsea cable system for the partners. 4,600 kilometers of the submarine fiber optic cable has been laid from Singapore to Perth and another 4,600 kilometer from Perth to the Sydney

Singapore to Perth – 4,600 km – INDIGO West Submarine Cable

Perth to Sydney – 4,600 km – INDIGO Central Submarine Cable

Total Submarine cable portion of INDIGO – 9,200 km

Submarine fiber optic cable coiled in big loop ready for deployment The partners plan to complete the commissioning work within another 5 months and want to put the INDIGO cable system to service by mid of 2019.

INDIGO Cable system project was started in April 2017 when the consortium partners entered into an agreement with Alcatel Submarine Networks (now Nokia group) to build the INDIGO cable system. The aim of the project was to connect Singapore, Perth and Sydney, with two additional fibre pairs connecting Singapore and Jakarta via a branching unit.

Asia-Pacific region is one of the high traffic regions and with the completion of the INDGO project, the consortium partners can deliver high-speed, high-bandwidth services to their subscribers. The 9,200km long INDIGO cable system is planned to strengthen links between Australia and the fast-growing South East Asian markets. INDIGO cable system would provide lower latency and enhanced reliability using latest coherent optical technology.

The cable has two fiber pairs. Using the DWDM technology and high capacity optical trasmitters, these two fiber pairs will be able to support up to 36 tbps transmission. The INDIGO cable system will utilize spectrum-sharing technology so each consortium member will have the ability to independently take advantage of technology advancements for future upgrades and capacity increases on demand.

Author: Thomas Mathew

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