Australian fixed line incumbent Telstra is planning to double the lit capacity on its Sydney-Hawaii Endeavour cable, Comms Day reports. With the cable having been operational for little more than a year, Telstra is aiming to upgrade the link to cope with increasing demand, with Telstra International Networks director Carlos Trujillo noting: ‘There is a pent-up demand and we are seeing more and more consumption of international bandwidth…We’re currently in the progress of doing an Endeavour upgrade, and basically that is going to double the day-one capacity we provisioned on the system. And that’s in basically twelve months.’
Telstra launched the 9,120km, 1.28Tbps Endeavour cable in October 2008 with supplier Alcatel- Lucent, and the operator opened a new route through South East Asia to the US last month on the 20,000km Asia America Gateway (AAG); the AAG cable gives Telstra an exclusive fibre pair between Hawaii and the US west coast, essentially extending Endeavour from Australia to the US mainland. AAG makes its route from Malaysia to the US via Hong Kong, the Philippines, Guam and Hawaii, with additional connections into Singapore, Thailand, Brunei and Vietnam.