Equinix announced it has been selected by SUB.CO for the landing of the Oman Australia Cable (OAC) directly into its International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centres in Perth, Australia (PE2) and Muscat, Oman (MC1).

Oman Australia Cable (OAC) spans 9,800km directly connecting Perth, Australia and Muscat, Oman, consists of 3 fiber pairs with a total system capacity of 39Tbps. OAC delivers cost-effective, reliable, low-latency and diverse capacity between Australia and Oman. This new route complements the existing networks within Australia and provides additional international bandwidth for an ever-increasing need for high-performance connectivity.

Oman Australia Cable (OAC) is invested and owned by Autralian SUB.CO, in a partnership with Omantel as its landing partner in Muscat, Oman, and supplied by SubCom. 

Equinix PE2 data center was a data center in Perth owned by Metronode, also known as Shenton Park Cable Landing Station. In April 2018, Equinix acquired Metronode for AU$1 billion (US$792 million), covering 10 data centers in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane, including the Shenton Park Cable Landing Station. Equinix PE2 is also the cable landing station for the Australia-Singapore Cable (ASC). There are other subsea cables landing in Perth, including SMW3Indigo WestIndigo Central. Perth has rapidly become an important gateway for subsea cables in Australia.

Equinix MC1 data center was opened in October 2020, located in Barka, South Al Batinah in Muscat, the capital of Oman. It is Equinix’s first data centre in Oman and its fourth in the MENA region. Equinix MC1 is a joint venture between Equinix and Omantel, fully operated by Equinix independently from Omantel; whereby Omantel is supporting customers for the connectivity into Equinix MC1 from various other POPs and cable landing stations. Muscat is strategically located between Asia, Africa and Europe, serving as a regional interconnection hub between key global markets, and the OAC is expected to further enhance Oman’s competitiveness in the global digital economy.

 

OAC is expected to be completed in Q2 2022 and directly connect Australia with Oman.

By providing a direct link between these two countries into Equinix IBX data centres, hyperscalers, enterprise customers and network providers will have access to a dense ecosystem of networks and the lowest latency, and most direct path between Australia and onward into Europe.