SUB.CO recently announced to build the Oman Australia Cable (OAC) that will directly connect Muscat, Oman to Perth, Australia. SUB.CO has partnered with Omantel on the OAC project and selected Subcom as the turn key supplier. 

The OAC cable system design is a three (3) fibre pair system with option to upgrade to four (4) fibre pairs based upon final demand and will span approximately 9,700 km with additional branching units designed to extend the system into Salalah, Oman and Djibouti in the future. it is designed to equip 135*100G Wavelengths per Fibre Pair, up to 54Tbps system capacity.

Oman Australia Cable Route
Oman Australia Cable Route, Source: SUB.CO


OAC will be highly complementary to the recent submarine cables between Perth and Singapore as well as Indigo Central, which will be used to extend OAC to Australia’s cloud capital - Sydney

Once completed, OAC will be the only express cable between continental Australia and EMEA, providing the first secure, diverse and low latency route between the two continents. As OAC will not pass through the Sunda Strait or South China Sea, the system will avoid many of the issues being experienced by other cable systems in those areas and form part of a new “Great Southern Route” between continental US, Australia and EMEA.

In the past twelve months, Perth has seen significant investment in submarine cables and cloud hosting facilities with three new submarine cable systems completed (ASC along with Indigo West and Indigo Central) and two new major data centre facilities commissioned (NEXTDC P2 and Equinix PE2). Both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services have established Cloud onramps in Perth for regional availability zones (AZ) and others are expected to be announced soon.

Muscat in Oman has 15 submarine cables terminating today and will soon have a new Equinix facility being operated under a joint venture between Equinix and Omantel. Speaking with customers and potential customers, it has become apparent the industry has selected Oman as the key hub for EMEA and the gateway between Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Having visibility to the upcoming investment by major cloud providers in the region is only going to further enhance Oman’s position for the foreseeable future.

Omantel participates in the OAC project. Excluding the Oman Australia Cable project, Omantel boasts connectivity to 14 existing major submarine cable systems and operates 5 separate cable landing stations in Oman. The Oman Australia Cable will land at Omantel’s Barka Cable Station which is located approximately 50 kilometres away from Oman’s international airport.

OAC is expected to commence manufacturing later this year and is scheduled to be completed by December 2021.