According to the FCC public notice, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the submarine cable landing license for the Southern Cross NEXT cable system as of July 16, 2020. Pacific Carriage Limited Inc. (PCLI), the US landing party of the South Cross Next, filed the application for cable landing license on August 9 2019. It took the FCC and the Executive Branch of the United States Government (also known as Team Telecom) less than 12 months to review and grant cable landing license for the Southern Cross NEXT cable system. 

The Southern Cross NEXT system will land at Hermosa Beach, California, and interconnect into Southern Cross’ existing data centre locations in Los Angeles (Equinix LA1 and CoreSite LA1), and Silicon Valley (Equinix SV1, Equinix SV8 and CoreSite SV1). The Hermosa Beach CLS is also cable landing station for SEA-USJupiter and HKA. PCLI is the landing party for the US landing at the Hermosa Beach CLS, while the landing station is owned by RTI.

The Southern Cross NEXT project costs about US$350 million, being a high capacity express route, providing the lowest latency data-centre connectivity between Sydney, Auckland, and Los Angeles to date, along with connections to Fiji, Tokelau and Kiribati. The NEXT project will land at Coogee Beach in Sydney, Australia, and Takapuna Beach in Auckland, New Zealand, with shore end facilities already complete. Southern Cross recently awarded a contract to DXN to build modular cable landing stations at its landing sites across the Pacific Islands.

The Southern Cross NEXT cable system will be a state-of-the-art 4 fibre pairs undersea route which has been developed as an extension of the existing Southern Cross ecosystem, allowing NEXT customers to leverage Southern Cross’ extensive Point Of Presence (POP) and access infrastructure already in place, as well as flexibly assign capacity across the three routes, maximising diversity and resiliency. The new route is designed to carry more than 70 terabits of traffic, ensuring Southern Cross can cater for all customers’ growing demand requirements well into the future. Services offered on the new system will be an extension and integration of those offered across the current Southern Cross platform.

According to Southern Cross Cable Limited, the Southern Cross NEXT project is targeted to be completed by Q2, 2022, and has achieved more than US$200m in pre-sales to date and the project has recently been awarded The Asset AAA Infrastructure Award 2020 – Telecom Deal of the Year.