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Topic # 190777 12-Jan-2016 07:47
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Southern Cross Cable Network today announced that it had successfully completed its latest upgrade adding 900Gbs to all segments of the Network, bringing total Network lit capacity to 5.8Tbs.

President & CEO, Anthony Briscoe, commented that Southern Cross continues to work closely with Ciena to continually innovate and take advantage of technology advances to augment capacity in the Network.

“Following on from our successes in 2015, we continue to assess our network and service offerings to determine better ways to provide our customers with access to major data centres, resiliency and self-healing, and to satisfy the increasing demand of cloud and web based services."

“With the growing demand for services such as Lightbox, Vimeo, Netflix, AWS and Azure, the need is not just about capacity but about scalability and flexibility to meet potential demand and provide the maximum value proposition to our customers.”

“To meet these demands, we are critically focused on product and service innovation and taking advantage of technology advances as they support this long term strategy. Capacity is of course critical to meet growing demand, but in this latest augment we have also managed to achieve a number of regional, and potentially world first touch downs.”

“While we have augmented our transmission by 900Gbs per segment, we have also upgraded our key Ciena 5430 nodes to 15Tbs OTN switching capability, a first for the region and a world first for a submarine cable operator as far as we are aware. Southern Cross’ key switching nodes are now capable of switching over 100 times Southern Cross’ original segment capacity.”

“Our latest expansion has also deployed Ciena’s 200Gbs per wavelength technology across our Hawaiian inter-Island network in another world first in technology activation, as well as continuing to leverage Ciena’s flexible grid, GeoMesh and 8D-2QAM technologies to maximise capacity and resiliency within our Network while ensuring operational simplicity, scalability and evolution toward software defined networking (SDN).“

Mr Briscoe repeated the point made previously that with a current transmission potential of 14Tbs, further improvements likely in the future and the recent extension of the system life to 2030, capacity and tenure are not an issue for Southern Cross.

“With the changing nature of the industry, and the growing importance of the Ethernet and content based solutions, the challenge for Southern Cross is to continue to focus on how we can grow and adapt to provide reliable and innovative products and solutions to meet the changing needs of our customers.”

“As part of this we are also turning our minds to the future and looking at the requirements that our customers and the general market will require from the next decade, 2020 and on.” he concluded.




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  Reply # 1468401 12-Jan-2016 13:05
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So Southern Cross is trying to take credit for the delivery of @Lightbox content?

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  Reply # 1468737 12-Jan-2016 21:06
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Approx. how many cute kitten videos does this equate to?

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  Reply # 1468740 12-Jan-2016 21:10
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Dratsab: So Southern Cross is trying to take credit for the delivery of @Lightbox content?


well you know, clearly its used internationally a lot!




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  Reply # 1468795 12-Jan-2016 22:33
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Clearly. they will be able to light more too with the new equipment. 

Its good they are keeping on top of this and looking towards future requirements. I suspect that the price they sell the links for won't change due to the current monopoly so no change to consumers there. It wont be too long now until more physical transit links become available.





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  Reply # 1468805 12-Jan-2016 22:54
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Lightbox would need to be bringing its content in from the USA to host it here. So I supose that would count, but presumably only needs to be done once so wouldn't use that much data

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darylblake: Clearly. they will be able to light more too with the new equipment. 

Its good they are keeping on top of this and looking towards future requirements. I suspect that the price they sell the links for won't change due to the current monopoly so no change to consumers there. It wont be too long now until more physical transit links become available.


Ugh, enough with the mis-information.

SCCN sell capacity at the same rate for AU<->US and NZ<->US and for a far cheaper rate for AU<->NZ which represents the vast majority of internet traffic these days. It used to be 90/10 US vs AU, whereas these days it's more 30/70 from what I have seen.

When a GB/s capacity purchased then worked out to be a per-customers plan is costing in SCCN transit sub 30 cents per person per month there really isn't a huge monopoly charging going on.

Hence why a second cable to NZ never made any sense (especially when Spark have 50% of the broadband market and 50% own SCCN) and the real growth area is Australia due to population size.

This was also why Dotcom's suggestion that he was going to significantly drop the cost of broadband in New Zealand with a second cable was nonsense.

About 50% of the cost of your broadband is Chorus wholesale connection costs. Everything else falls into the other 50% with sub 1% on International Transit.





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  Reply # 1470290 13-Jan-2016 19:17
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And in other news Spark and Voda's NZ-AU cable is supposed to be built this year too.
I saw an Alcatel-Lucent ship in port in Auckland harbour last week. Anyone got any idea what it was doing?

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Publius: And in other news Spark and Voda's NZ-AU cable is supposed to be built this year too.
I saw an Alcatel-Lucent ship in port in Auckland harbour last week. Anyone got any idea what it was doing?


Floating? :) 
 

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  Reply # 1470323 13-Jan-2016 20:04
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BarTender:
darylblake: Clearly. they will be able to light more too with the new equipment. 

Its good they are keeping on top of this and looking towards future requirements. I suspect that the price they sell the links for won't change due to the current monopoly so no change to consumers there. It wont be too long now until more physical transit links become available.


Ugh, enough with the mis-information.

SCCN sell capacity at the same rate for AU<->US and NZ<->US and for a far cheaper rate for AU<->NZ which represents the vast majority of internet traffic these days. It used to be 90/10 US vs AU, whereas these days it's more 30/70 from what I have seen.

When a GB/s capacity purchased then worked out to be a per-customers plan is costing in SCCN transit sub 30 cents per person per month there really isn't a huge monopoly charging going on.

Hence why a second cable to NZ never made any sense (especially when Spark have 50% of the broadband market and 50% own SCCN) and the real growth area is Australia due to population size.

This was also why Dotcom's suggestion that he was going to significantly drop the cost of broadband in New Zealand with a second cable was nonsense.

About 50% of the cost of your broadband is Chorus wholesale connection costs. Everything else falls into the other 50% with sub 1% on International Transit.


30c per month out of each broadband connection seems really really low.
A spark press release a year or so ago said it was around $3
That still pretty low and makes KDC look like an idiot, but 30c seems silly (unless your including mobile connections in that average maybe?)

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BarTender:
SCCN sell capacity at the same rate for AU<->US and NZ<->US


It's important to note the fact that the price per Gbit is significantly higher when buying less capacity. Since Australian ISPs are much larger (thus need much more capacity) than ours, NZ ISPs end up paying more per Gbit than AU ones, so in practice the price is not actually the same.

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Screeb:
BarTender:
SCCN sell capacity at the same rate for AU<->US and NZ<->US


It's important to note the fact that the price per Gbit is significantly higher when buying less capacity. Since Australian ISPs are much larger (thus need much more capacity) than ours, NZ ISPs end up paying more per Gbit than AU ones, so in practice the price is not actually the same.


So should SCCN subside the NZ providers over the AU ones because we are smaller?? It's still a much smaller proportion of the total cost over Chorus connections and domestic transit.

The Spark of today wouldn't have the funds to build the cable over the historic Telecom.

Let's pause to consider the world had the cable not been built. Or just a single cable to AU and everything routed that way.





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Screeb:
BarTender:
SCCN sell capacity at the same rate for AU<->US and NZ<->US


It's important to note the fact that the price per Gbit is significantly higher when buying less capacity. Since Australian ISPs are much larger (thus need much more capacity) than ours, NZ ISPs end up paying more per Gbit than AU ones, so in practice the price is not actually the same.


So should SCCN subside the NZ providers over the AU ones because we are smaller?? It's still a much smaller proportion of the total cost over Chorus connections and domestic transit.

The Spark of today wouldn't have the funds to build the cable over the historic Telecom.

Let's pause to consider the world had the cable not been built. Or just a single cable to AU and everything routed that way.





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