Telstra has entered a deal to build a new international submarine cable, APX-West, connecting Singapore and Perth.
Australia's largest telecoms company will team up with Singaporean telco Singtel and telecoms infrastructure firm SubPartners on the project, which is expected to commence at the end of July and scheduled to be completed in 2018.
The new submarine cable will span more than 4,500km carrying traffic between Australia and Singapore. It will incorporate two fibre pairs providing two-way data transmission and each pair will have a minimum design capacity of 10 terabits per second.
The cable will terminate in facilities operated by Telstra and Singtel respectively, reducing costs and permitting times, the press release said.
"The current data bridge between Singapore and Perth is carried by the SEA-ME-WE 3 cable," said Ooi Seng Keat, VP of carrier services, group enterprise at Singtel.
"The APX-West cable will be a new data superhighway to expand data connectivity and capacity between Singapore and Australia, providing network redundancy and the lowest latency from Australia to Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe," he added.
He said that Singtel is now well positioned to meet customers' growing data requirements for bandwidth-intensive applications such as unified communications, enterprise data exchange, internet TV and online gaming.
Meanwhile, Telstra's executive director for international operations and services, Darrin Webb, commented on how the new cable arrives as consumers and businesses continue to embrace online products and services, such as video streaming and cloud, spiking demand for international connectivity.