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Topic # 201796 4-Sep-2016 10:37
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Update: In the time of last looking at the front page and posting I see it has appeared in the news. This can be removed or left if it's still applicable for discussion.

 

 

I think I have the right forum and can't see anything else posted about it.

 

 

Saw this on Southern Cross's Facebook page this morning. Future dated till tomorrow, Monday 5 September. The link to the actual press release

 

 

Southern Cross. What's NEXT?

 

 

Wellington, New Zealand – 05 September 2016 – Southern Cross Cable Network today confirmed an important milestone in the Southern Cross NEXT project.

 

 

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.

 

 

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  Reply # 1625298 7-Sep-2016 22:19
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Is there a map of the proposed route available?


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  Reply # 1625315 7-Sep-2016 23:11
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I'm cynical about this. Think it is mainly to spread doubt to investors in the Hawaiiki cable..

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1625322 7-Sep-2016 23:35
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Interesting, im not getting my hopes up till i actually see a cable running...

 

 

 

The 'lowest latency path to the United States by some considerable margin' bit interests me, would love for an estimated figure on that...





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  Reply # 1625332 8-Sep-2016 01:37
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hio77:

 

Interesting, im not getting my hopes up till i actually see a cable running...

 

 

 

The 'lowest latency path to the United States by some considerable margin' bit interests me, would love for an estimated figure on that...

 

 

I'm going to assume the lower latency is because it's a direct Auckland to L.A. connection, instead of it going through Hawaii and Fiji(?).

 

What does a decent UFB connection in Auckland get you in terms of latency to the US anyway, is it close to 110ms? I've never really thought about it before.





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  Reply # 1625333 8-Sep-2016 01:42
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Djmixerdomo:

 

hio77:

 

Interesting, im not getting my hopes up till i actually see a cable running...

 

 

 

The 'lowest latency path to the United States by some considerable margin' bit interests me, would love for an estimated figure on that...

 

 

I'm going to assume the lower latency is because it's a direct Auckland to L.A. connection, instead of it going through Hawaii and Fiji(?).

 

What does a decent UFB connection in Auckland get you in terms of latency to the US anyway, is it close to 110ms? I've never really thought about it before.

 

 

 

 

124.88ms for the cable itself. (must point out we are talking ping rather than latency here - One way vs There and back)

 

 

 

i would tend to agree, just would love to know an estimate rather than marketing talk

 

If an actual estimate on cable length was put up with the announcement it would be quantifiable to a reasonable degree.





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  Reply # 1625334 8-Sep-2016 01:55
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Huh, that's more than I thought. Although I didn't really know what to expect. 

 

I'm with you on wanting some ballpark estimates though.

 

 

 

>Side Note: Nice to see I'm not the only nocturnal one here. Also there's some crazy thunder here in ChCh right now!





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  Reply # 1625335 8-Sep-2016 02:01
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Djmixerdomo:

 

Huh, that's more than I thought. Although I didn't really know what to expect. 

 

I'm with you on wanting some ballpark estimates though.

 

 

 

>Side Note: Nice to see I'm not the only nocturnal one here. Also there's some crazy thunder here in ChCh right now!

 

 

 

 

Yeah, That's based off the stated details for each hop along it though, could be slightly more given traffic, congestion or whatever.

 

https://www.southerncrosscables.com/home/network/overviewandmap have a play with their map if your interested :)

 

 

 

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  Reply # 1625380 8-Sep-2016 08:21
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Technology marches on. I came to a realisation a couple of days ago: I've been playing Warcraft for almost 12 years and in that time my ping to the US servers has almost halved. It'll be interesting to see what happens over the next 12 years (although I don't expect it to halve again).


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  Reply # 1625386 8-Sep-2016 08:38
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Djmixerdomo:

 

<snip>   What does a decent UFB connection in Auckland get you in terms of latency to the US anyway, is it close to 110ms? ...

 

 

From Wellington using VF HFC cable:

 

ping to AUK: 18ms

 

ping to LAX: 143 to 151ms (tested on 6 different LAX servers)

 

So Auckland to LAX would be about 120 to 130ms ?





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