NextDC strikes Indigo partnership with Superloop

NextDC has landed a deal with Superloop, providing access to the new Indigo subsea cable system for both of its Perth and Sydney data centres.

Julia Talevski Nov 13th 2018 A-A+
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NextDC has landed a deal with Superloop, providing access to the new Indigo subsea cable system for both of its Perth (P1 and P2) and Sydney (S1 and S2) data centres.

The Indigo subsea cable stretches 9200km between Singapore and Perth via Jakarta and Sydney, and is being built by a consortium involving Superloop, AARnet, Google, Indosat, Singtel/Optus and Telstra.

Superloop will supply NextDC with optical layer connectivity to Indigo, expecting it will be ‘ready for service’ in the second half of 2019 financial year, providing speeds exceeding 36 terabits per seconds.

“We are starting to see the benefits of our investment in infrastructure in Australia and South East Asia," said Drew Kelton, CEO of Superloop.

"Indigo joins these markets together and in conjunction with NextDC, provides a springboard for Australian businesses expanding in Asia or Asian businesses seeking a foothold in Australia."

Superloop will also the be inaugural customer at NextDC’s 20MW P2 Tier IV data centre currently being developed in East Perth.

“Our partnership with Superloop provides our customers with access to the most direct connectivity between Perth and Sydney, and the fastest gateway into Singapore – via a simple cross connect,” added Craig Scroggie, CEO of NextDC.

“Having Indigo as our first P2 customer underlines the ever-increasing importance of cloud-to-cloud connectivity, whether national or international."

In October, the Indigo Central subsea communications cable landed in Coogee Beach, in Sydney, with installations to be completed in early December connecting Sydney and Perth.

Meanwhile a month earlier in September, the first section of the Indigo subsea cable system – Indigo West – linking Australia and South East Asia was laid from Christmas Island to Floreat Beach in Perth, spanning 2400km.

The Indigo West and Central cables were designed to complement each other.

Construction of the overall Indigo cable system is on-track and will be ready for service by mid-2019, according to an announcement from the consortium responsible for the project.