Southern Cross held a Customer Information Meeting recently in Sydney, Australia where the plans and strategy for the Southern Cross NEXT project were outlined to around 30 representatives of its current customer base. Southern Cross NEXT plans to enhance the existing Southern Cross system with a third route and sought feedback from its existing customers.
Southern Cross NEXT will be a high capacity express route, providing data-centre connectivity between Sydney, Auckland, and Los Angeles. Given its design and route, it will be the lowest latency path to the United States by some considerable margin.
The new route will be developed as an extension of the existing Southern Cross eco-system, allowing customers to leverage Southern Cross’ extensive POP and access infrastructure already in place, as well as flexibly assign new and existing capacity across the three routes, maximizing diversity and resiliency. The new route will be designed to carry over 60 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 the services offered across the current Southern Cross platform.
President and CEO, Anthony Briscoe said “Southern Cross has always been a provider of high-quality customer focused and resilient international capacity solutions, and the addition of the new Southern Cross NEXT route to the existing platform will provide existing and future customers with further resiliency options, as well as the lowest latency path between Australia/New Zealand and Los Angeles.”
“While the project has been in development for quite some time internally, it’s exciting that we have been able to share our strategic plans with customers at our recent Customer Information Meeting in Sydney as we move forward with the project.”
Briscoe said, “While all major projects are ultimately subject to achieving successful financial milestones and approvals, Southern Cross and our Sponsors recognise the significant benefit of the development of a third route to the Southern Cross network, in the near term, as well as a future for Southern Cross customers post 2030.”
“We have also had extensive talks with a number of Pacific Island representatives, and while Southern Cross is not looking to build a new system interconnecting within the Pacific Islands, we remain committed to the Pacific and are open to discussion on how we can assist in facilitating the onward connectivity of a new system from the islands to the rest of the world in a convenient and cost-effective way to assist with a Pacific Island connectivity solution.”
“There are still numerous activities to be done in a project of this size. The next phase will be a launch of an Information Memorandum which will facilitate discussion among our sponsors and partners,” Mr. Briscoe said.
The Southern Cross NEXT route expansion of the network will come into effect before 2020.