Pacific Fibre Cable System Overview

The Pacific Fibre Cable System is a new generation trans-pacific subsea fiber optic cable linking Australia, New Zealand and the US. The Pacific Fibre cable spans 12,750km (7,920 miles), with cable landing stations in Sydney, Auckland and Los Angeles. The Pacific Fibre cable system consists of two fiber pairs, each with 128 wavelengths of 40 Gbps and upgradable to 100 Gbps per wavelength. The Pacific Fibre is expected to be ready for service in 2014.

 

The Pacific Fibre cable system will offer POP to POP access, with planned handoff  at Equinix in Sydney and one or more of Equinix in San Jose, PAIX in Palo Alto and 1 Wilshire in Los Angeles. Furthermore, the Pacific Fibre cable system is designed fully in compliance with the latest ITU-T recommendations on submarine cable systems and the Optical Transport Network, with ITU-T G.709 interfaces supporting.

 

Cable System:

  • Pacific Fibre Cable Sytem

Cable Length:

  • 12,750km (7,920 miles), including
  • 2,150 km (1,355 miles) between Sydney and Auckland via trans Tasman route, and
  • 10,600 km (6,585 miles) between Auckland and Los Angeles via trans-Pacific route.

Design Capacity:

  • 5.12 Tbps over each fibre pair (128x40 Gbps DWDM)
  • 2 fiber pairs between Sydney and Auckland
  • 2 fiber pairs between Auckland and Los Angeles

Lit Capacity:

  • 120 Gbps

Ready for Service Date:

  • To be ready in 2014

Investment Type::

  • Private

Initial Investment:

  • US$350 million

Owner:

  • Pacific Fibre Limited.

Landing Stations:

  • Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Los Angeles, California, USA

Vendor:

  • TE SubCom

About Pacific Fibre Limited

Pacific Fibre was founded in 2010 and is intending to construct one of the longest and most technically advanced undersea cable systems. The Pacific Fibre cable will connect Australia and New Zealand to the United States, using leading and proven industry technology to achieve the fastest and most efficient route. Pacific Fibre’s base case cable will, upon installation, deliver 5.12 Tbt/s of design capacity and, like all modern cable systems, should be capable of significant future increases in design capacity. Pacific Fibre is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand. The Pacific Fibre shareholders include a number of successful entrepreneurs with proven track records, including Sam Morgan, Rod Drury, Sir Stephen Tindall, David Kirk MBE, and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel.

Pacific Fibre Cable Map

Pacific Fibre Cable Map

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