Australian companies TPG Telecom and Infinera recently announced a major technology upgrade to TPG Telecom’s submarine cable connecting Australia and Guam to significantly increase cable capacity and improve reliability by taking advantage of the Infinera’s ICE6 800G solution.
PPC-1 is TPG Telecom’s ultra-long-haul cable system connecting Australia and Guam, including connectivity to Papua New Guinea. It has two pairs of fibers spanning approximately 7,000 kilometers, with 78 repeaters spaced approximately 92 kilometers apart. The submarine cable is a major gateway to North America and other Asia-Pacific destinations.
Using Infinera’s latest technology, the project will increase the data capacity on this key Internet backbone by 50%, from the current 8 terabits per second to 12 terabits per second. Enabling direct connectivity to Sydney’s main points of presence (POPs) is part of this upgrade, providing seamless connections to TPG Telecom customers beyond the landing station.
TPG Telecom has received the necessary regulatory approvals to modify the relevant PPC-1 assets. The modernization works are expected to be completed this year.