SCC is frequently upgrading its capacity and at present only runs at 15% utilisation, so anyone who suggests that there is a capacity crisis in NZ is simply wrong. While data usage is increasing 30% per year in NZ, the SCC has the ability to upgrade supply substantially.What concerns me is the single point of failure. Or as Southern Cross often points out, two points of failure. The company operates two lines linking New Zealand to the world. If one stops working — and that has happened in the past — Southern Cross can route traffic in the other direction.
Total lit capacity on the Southern Cross system is now 3.6Tbps. I’m with Ritchie on this. We only use a fraction of capacity on The Southern Cross Cable Network. It is not the issue.