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# 210501 30-Mar-2017 09:45
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Spark, Vodafone and Telstra have today announced the Tasman Global Access (TGA) cable is officially in service and ready to carry vast quantities of Internet traffic between New Zealand and the world. 

 

The three telecommunications companies have invested approximately $100 million to build the TGA cable – which stretches 2288km from Ngarunui Beach in Raglan, to Narrabeen Beach in Sydney Australia. 

 

The cable has been constructed to deliver more international bandwidth and capacity for New Zealand, and to strengthen diversity and resiliency within the country’s telecommunications infrastructure. 

 

The cable also serves as an important digital link to fast-growing Asian economic markets by enabling better connectivity to the five major international cable systems currently serving Australia. 

 

Spark General Manager of Wholesale and International, Jilyut Wong, said it is pleasing to see the cable ready for service. 

 

“We first launched this project at the end of 2014 and it is fantastic to see it come to fruition today. The TGA cable represents a big investment in trans-Tasman telecommunications and a huge amount of work has gone into getting it across the line and in service. The added resilience and diversity is extremely important to keeping New Zealand connected, now and into the future.” 

 

Vodafone Wholesale Director Steve Rieger said, “As an industry we’ve seen tremendous growth in trans-Tasman Internet traffic with New Zealand’s international capacity requirements growing 60 percent year-on-year and projected 11,000% growth over the next 10 years. We’re delighted to see the TGA cable in service and ready to support the current and future needs of consumers, and the growth aspirations of New Zealand businesses,” he said.  

 

Telstra’s Executive Director of International Operations and Services, Darrin Webb said, “We are pleased to see the TGA cable now in operation. This important piece of infrastructure will significantly improve connectivity between Australia and New Zealand, in addition to strengthening New Zealand’s links with Asia. Our stake in this cable is just one of our recent network extensions to meet growing demand for data and better connectivity in the Asia Pacific region,” he said. 

 

The TGA is comprised of two fibre pairs, has a total design capacity of 20 terabits per second and has 20 repeaters which are used to amplify the optical signals along the length of the cable. The TGA cable was laid by the Alcatel Submarine Networks Ile De Re cable-laying ship.

 


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  • The consortium of Spark, Vodafone and Telstra have contracted Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), now part of Nokia, to lay the TGA cable between Ngarunui Beach at Raglan and Narrabeen Beach in Australia.
  • The Tasman Global Access (TGA) cable will meet future international bandwidth requirements for New Zealand consumers and businesses alike, which are set to grow by 11,000% in the next 10 years.
  • The TGA landing at Raglan on our West Coast provides important cable route diversity to the existing Southern Cross cable connecting New Zealand to Australia and the USA.
  • Both Spark and Vodafone’s trans-Tasman internet traffic has grown from just 10 percent of total international traffic in 2000, to 60 percent today.





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  # 1750573 30-Mar-2017 09:57
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Communications Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed today’s announcement that the Tasman Global Access cable is up and running, enhancing New Zealand’s telecommunications resilience and global connectivity. 

 

Running between Raglan and Sydney, the new standalone cable will provide an alternative to the trans-Tasman section of the Southern Cross Cable, which is the main international cable that currently carries the majority of internet traffic to and from New Zealand. 

 

“Given New Zealand’s geographic isolation, international connectivity is crucial for growing our economy and for helping us capitalise on opportunities,” Mr Bridges says. 

 

“This cable is another step towards ensuring we’ve got affordable and robust connections with the rest of the world. It also ensures that domestic demands for data are supported by international capacity, setting us up for the future.” 

 

The cable provides greater capacity in the system, reducing the risk of bottlenecks and enabling faster, better internet for consumers, particularly when content is being streamed from overseas. It also provides greater competition in New Zealand’s cable market. 

 

“The Government’s $2 billion investment in the rollout of broadband infrastructure has helped spur demand for faster broadband, which is why complementary investment in cable infrastructure is so important,” Mr Bridges says. 

 

“I congratulate the owners of the TGA cable, telecommunications companies Spark, Vodafone and Telstra, for their investment in this critical infrastructure for New Zealand.” 

 

A third major cable project, the Hawaiki cable, is due to be completed next year. Once the Hawaiki cable is complete New Zealand will have three cable systems providing international connectivity, Southern Cross, the TGA and Hawaiki.

 





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Mauricio are you posting fake news?!  I ask this, because this must be fake news here on GeekZone...  I recall having discussion about such cables a few years back and being mocked that this would never happen, there is no business case, no one will invest and the market is more than well served by SCX.





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  # 1750639 30-Mar-2017 12:09
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Mauricio are you posting fake news?!  I ask this, because this must be fake news here on GeekZone...  I recall having discussion about such cables a few years back and being mocked that this would never happen, there is no business case, no one will invest and the market is more than well served by SCX.

 

 

Whoever said that? I've certainly always claimed improved connectivity to Aussie was essential. Considering a few years ago 40% of NZ internet traffic was to Australia and that's now hit 60% it shows the importance of such connectivity.

 

Another cable to the US however is a very different story entirely. Yes it's great for improved redundancy but it's not actually needed for capacity reasons as traffic is originating closer and closer to end users.


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  # 1750644 30-Mar-2017 12:18
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so is voda traffic redirecting away from reach now?





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  # 1750647 30-Mar-2017 12:27
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so is voda traffic redirecting away from reach now?

 

 

 

 

Could we, would we, even see that?  Or would someone just build a layer 2 network to the US load balancers and just hide all that noise?

 

 

 

 





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  # 1750649 30-Mar-2017 12:31
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sbiddle:  Whoever said that?

 

Oh I'm not naming names and dobbing in foe...  I'm just remindered to just never believe anything until it doesn't happen... ever.

 

What do they say?.... Never say never...

 

This is fantastic news for both NZ and AU.  It's great news for tech guys because it just opens more doors.

 

 

 

...though, I am hoping that SCX had a shower and is wearing clean undies today .... cause I'm sure we'll hear about the usual dropping of trousers to keep customers ;) :p

 

 

 

 





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  # 1750672 30-Mar-2017 13:18
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sbiddle:  Whoever said that?

 

Oh I'm not naming names and dobbing in foe...  I'm just remindered to just never believe anything until it doesn't happen... ever.

 

What do they say?.... Never say never...

 

This is fantastic news for both NZ and AU.  It's great news for tech guys because it just opens more doors.

 

 

 

...though, I am hoping that SCX had a shower and is wearing clean undies today .... cause I'm sure we'll hear about the usual dropping of trousers to keep customers ;) :p

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why would it impact SXC significantly? From what I've heard wholesale pricing on the new cable isn't that different from SXC, and the whole point of having it was to add diversity to what is out most important route for international connectivity.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1750714 30-Mar-2017 14:17
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Why would it impact SXC significantly? From what I've heard wholesale pricing on the new cable isn't that different from SXC, and the whole point of having it was to add diversity to what is out most important route for international connectivity.

 



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  # 1750718 30-Mar-2017 14:20
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Interested to see if any latency impacts show up from this.

 

Good to see its live.

 

@dongould the salt is real.. :(





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hio77:@dongould the salt is real.. :(

 

 

 

Sorry that's a bit cryptic for me





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hio77:

Interested to see if any latency impacts show up from this.


Good to see its live.


@dongould the salt is real.. :(


I wouldn't expect so since most traffic will already be routed to points of presence around Auckland.
Plus unless I missed something the speed of light hasn't changed on the new cable.





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  # 1750993 31-Mar-2017 07:07
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BarTender:
hio77:

 

Interested to see if any latency impacts show up from this.

 

 

 

Good to see its live.

 

 

 

@dongould the salt is real.. :(

 


I wouldn't expect so since most traffic will already be routed to points of presence around Auckland.
Plus unless I missed something the speed of light hasn't changed on the new cable.

 

 

 

I think hes hoping the peering is better and you dont get 10-20ms of latency jumps or 150+ ms when Telstra decide that its time to route you to Singapore and back to AUS.

 

 


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TimA:

 

BarTender:
hio77:

 

Interested to see if any latency impacts show up from this.

 

 

 

Good to see its live.

 

 

 

@dongould the salt is real.. :(

 


I wouldn't expect so since most traffic will already be routed to points of presence around Auckland.
Plus unless I missed something the speed of light hasn't changed on the new cable.

 

 

 

I think hes hoping the peering is better and you dont get 10-20ms of latency jumps or 150+ ms when Telstra decide that its time to route you to Singapore and back to AUS.

 

 

 

 

Exactly this, i was talking international latency, Where the routing has the option of the two links, being that the two physically a laid out differently the light may travel a longer path along cable A vs cable B.

 

I expect differences to be rather minor but am curious to see if any big surprises hit.





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BarTender:  Plus unless I missed something the speed of light hasn't changed on the new cable.

 

The speed of light in fibre doesn't change, but new, and less, routers in the path can effect latency.





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I suppose this cable will carry 100 Gbps Ethernet how much faster is that than 10 Gbps of the existing cable? I suspect only a fraction faster in terms of latency as propagation delay will still make up the bulk of the latency.

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