Floreat: construction to begin on subsea cable to Singapore

Telstra Area General Manager Boyd Brown with a sample of the cable at the Floreat community information booth.
Telstra Area General Manager Boyd Brown with a sample of the cable at the Floreat community information booth.

CONSTRUCTION is about to begin on a subsea cable system linking Perth to Singapore.

A conduit will be built near Floreat Beach that will connect the underwater cable to land.

Telstra Area General Manager Boyd Brown said the cable will have 40 times more capacity than the existing cable between Perth and Singapore.

“In November, we finished work surveying the seabed between Perth and Singapore to determine the best route to lay the cable, taking into consideration any obstacles under the water,” he said.

“The cable will strengthen links between Australia and the fast-growing South East Asian markets, providing faster [internet] speeds and enhanced reliability so people can work, shop, socialise and entertain themselves online.”

The international subsea cable system, dubbed INDIGO, is a partnership between Telstra, Google, Singtel Optus and more, and will also connect Indonesia.

The Floreat Beach works are scheduled to finished by the end of June.

The cable is expected to be ready for use by mid-2019.

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