Private Australian submarine cable developer ASSC-1 Communications Group has announced the development of a new submarine fibre-optic cable system linking Perth to Singapore. Huawei Marine Networks, a joint venture between China’s Huawei Technologies and Global Marine Systems, will supply and install the ASSC-1 system, while Matrix Cable Systems will provide the Jakarta landing through its own cable landing station and will also work with ASSC-1 to manage the Indonesian permit process. Designed to cater for the exponential growth of internet and data traffic between Australia and the rest of the world, the four-fibre pair cable system will span 4,600km with an initial capacity of 6.4Tbps, to be delivered through 40Gbps technology, with the capability to be upgraded to 100Gbps in the future. The ASSC-1 system will comprise three express fibre pairs between Perth and Singapore, and one omnibus fibre pair between Perth, Jakarta and Singapore. Telstra, the first international carrier to commit to the new cable, has agreed to purchase one of the four fibre pairs from ASSC-1’s fibre-optic submarine cable and will also provide landing party services in Perth. Commenting on the new system, ASSC-1 CEO James Chen, said: ‘ASSC-1 will dramatically increase the capacity for internet and data traffic between Australia, particularly the west coast, Asia and Europe, and we expect it to take up excess demand from the only existing cable on this route, which is the ageing SEA-ME-WE 3 system. In addition we expect to provide increased diversity for traffic from Asia to the US via Australia.’ Construction of the project will begin in the first quarter of 2012 and is expected to be completed during 2013, based on current project timelines.