Vocus confirmed Tuesday that its Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) was put into early service following a major service disruption on the Sea-Me-We3 (SMW-3) submarine cable between Perth and Singapore. Vocus announced last Firday the completion of project installation for ASC which was then scheduled to be ready for service on September 14, 2018.

In order to minimise customer impacts due to the SMW-3 outage, Vocus has implemented an emergency cutover of services that were running through SMW-3 onto the Vocus ASC, which is in its final testing phase.

Simon Smith, Vocus Group Chief Technology Officer approved the early activation of services.

“Even though we had announced Vocus ASC Ready-for-Service on September 14, our priority is ensuring our customers continue to access the connectivity they require. The SMW-3 outage has forced our hand, but our testing on ASC is ahead of schedule and we are confident enough to press ASC into early service.” saild Simon.

Vocus engineers will continue to complete their work to fully operationalise ASC prior to our official RFS date – 14 September 2018. They will also continue to monitor the re-routed traffic from SMW-3.

Vocus anticipate no impact for customers that are already committed and contracted to go-live on 14 September. 

The latest outage on SMW-3 reinforces the requirement for Vocus ASC to support business in Australia and in Asia.

SMW-3 has unfortunately suffered many unexpected service interruptions in the past few years and Vocus ASC will be a welcome addition, being a newer and more technologically advanced cable, and able to offer a more reliable service than SMW-3. It is highly fortunate that the ASC project has been so advanced to be able to swing into action, in an emergency capacity.

SMW3 has been in service for almost 20 years, with legacy DWDM technology and very high cost per unit bandwidth.

As Vocus ASC has been put into service, we can expect that more and more traffic on SMW3 will be switched to ASC for lower cost and higher reliability. 

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