SYDNEY, May 10, 2011 - Australia-Singapore Cable (International) Limited (“ASC”) , a specialist submarine cable subsidiary of Leighton Contractors, announce today that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to build, own and operate a 4,800km multi-terabit submarine cable system linking Perth, Australia, to Singapore, with an option for 100 Gbps transmission.


The first phase of the ASC cable project involving detailed design, route survey and permitting in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore is already underway.  The second phase subject to permitting requirements and final board approval involves the construction of the ASC cable system and is expected to start in the first quarter 2012 and commercial operation is planned for 2013.

The 4,800km submarine cable system will link Australia to Singapore, through the Sunda Strait in Indonesia providing potential for the first 100Gbit/s high-speed connection from Western Australia to South East Asia.

The ASC cable system will use D+ fibre, the latest innovative technology and has an ultimate capacity of at least 6 Tbit/s and over 16 Tbit/s with the 100Gbit/s option.

This new cable system will fill the much needed gap in the market place connecting Australia via the Indian Ocean to Singapore and offering a more cost effective, higher capacity and lower latency route than alternative east coast routes.

The wet segment of the ASC will terminate in Perth, Western Australia at a new Metronode Data Centre at Shenton Park.  From Perth, traffic will be transported across NextGen Network’s highly complementary terrestrial network to Sydney, providing competitive International wholesale services from both Australia’s East and West Coasts to Singapore.  Importantly this will enable end to end services from Singapore to Sydney, at 10Gbit/s, 40Gbit/s and eventually 100Gbit/s speeds.

Australia-Singapore Cable (International) Limited has awarded Alcatel-Lucent the contract to design, construct and install the ASC submarine cable system.

About Leighton Contractors

Leighton Contractors, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leighton Holdings Limited, is one of Australia’s leading contracting and project development groups with over $12.3 billion work in hand and employing more than 10,000 people across Australia and New Zealand. The company services clients across a range of industries and sectors including resources, construction, telecommunications, energy, infrastructure and facility management.

Leighton Telecommunications is a key division of Leighton Contractors, comprising Visionstream, Nextgen Networks, Metronode, Infoplex and ASC International. Delivering high level telecommunication infrastructure and superior network solutions in challenging environments.

Leighton Telecommunications offers total service solutions for carriers, government, channel partners and enterprise industry segments through multiple technologies. Australia-Singapore Cable (International) Limited is 100% owned by the Leighton group.