RELEASE - 20TH January 2021

OMAN AUSTRALIA CABLE (OAC) 100% CABLE MANUFACTURED WITH MARINE INSTALLATION TO COMMENCE IN MARCH 2021

Brisbane, Australia 20th January, 2021 – SUB.CO today announced its 9,800km Oman Australia Cable (OAC) has now been fully manufactured with load #1 of 2 assembled, tested and now being loaded onto a freighter to transfer to the main-lay ship for installation from March, 2021

Bevan Slattery, founder of SUB.CO said, “2020 has been an extraordinarily challenging year to commit to building a cable of this scale, but I am delighted that we have achieved 100% of cable production and completed the first load system assembly testing within the original product schedule. This could not have been done without the assistance of our fantastic partners: SubCom.”

David Coughlan, CEO of SubCom (www.subcom.com) noted, "We knew that this was going to be a task when we committed to the program back in February 2020, but we also knew we would be up for the challenge. Despite everything that has been thrown at us, our team has done an exceptional job to keep this project going, on time, on budget and most importantly, safely.”

100% of cable production is just one of a series of key milestones already completed by the project team. The Marine Route Survey commenced in October 2020, with the final cable route for load #1 being confirmed in December 2020. The full Marine Route Survey is due for completion in February 2021 with any changes to armouring on load #2 being undertaken prior to loading later that month.

In Australia, the Perth seaward cable landing infrastructure construction commenced in October 2020 and was completed later in December, the works included an additional seaward facing duct installed for maintenance and possible future cable installation.

“Now with the marine program about to commence, our attention is moving towards landing station readiness, including constructing the terrestrial fronthaul networks and fitting-out cable landing station locations,” said Slattery.

The OAC is on target to complete its final splice in December 2021 and once completed will be the only submarine cable directly connecting continental Australia and EMEA, providing the first secure, diverse, express and lowest latency route between the two continents.

About SUB.CO

Founded by industry veteran Bevan Slattery, Sub.co is a specialist consulting and investment company focusing on assisting the development of submarine cable projects and potentially investing in specialist projects alongside infrastructure investment partners.

Previous projects undertaken by the management team include Sydney to Guam Cable (PPC-1), Sydney to Los Angeles (Endeavour & AAG), Singapore to Perth Cable (Indigo West) and Australia’s first transcontinental fibre optic submarine cable (Indigo Central).


For more information contact Bevan Slattery on +61 7 3088 5900 or email media@sub.co

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SUB.CO ARE SUBMARINE CABLE INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS

Founded by internet entrepreneur Bevan Slattery, SUB.CO has assembled an experienced team of submarine cable experts with deep experience in all aspects of designing, financing, constructing and operating submarine cable infrastructure.

SUB.CO provides cable system design, consultation and can also assist with cable systems development and associated assets. With ownership interests in Indigo West and Central cable assets as well as the OAC cable project, SUB.CO is demonstrating a commitment to investment in strategic submarine cable assets helping fuel the growth in cloud connectivity around the world.

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The Oman Australia Cable

A new express subsea cable connecting EMEA to Australia and beyond

The Oman Australia Cable will directly connect Muscat, Oman and Perth, Australia thus providing the only express cable between the two continents and when connected to the Indigo Cable System, will form part of a new “Great Southern Route” between the United States, Australia and EMEA.

In addition to providing express connectivity, the OAC will also deliver the lowest latency path between Australia and EMEA as well as complete diversity from all existing systems west of Australia. The OAC has been designed so that it is the only system that avoids zones which have a history of cable damage due to external aggression (Aunda straits) and also subject to territorial disputes (South China Sea).

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Key Management

Meet the SUB.CO management team

Bevan Slattery

CEO & Founder

Bevan Slattery is a well-known technology entrepreneur with a proven track record in founding a series of successful technology companies and building large scale infrastructure projects.

Carlos Trujillo

Chief Commercial Director

Carlos is responsible for Commercial decisions and management. He has worked with major tier 1 carriers in the United States, Europe and throughout Asia, and was most recently director of international planning at Telstra. He joined Subpartners in 2012 as Commercial Director, going on to become General Manager in 2014.

Lee Harper

Chief Operations Officer

Lee is responsible for overseeing the design, construction, implementation and operation of SUB.CO’s telecommunications infrastructure.

Craig Collinge

Sales Director

Craig has been working in telco for over 20 years and has extensive industry experience. As Sales Director, he is responsible for account management and sales of all SUB.CO capacity and related services on the OAC and INDIGO cable systems.

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Project Participants

The companies supporting and managing the project

SUB.CO

OAC Project Management & Australian Landing Party

SUB.CO has many years of experience delivering much-needed capacity infrastructure. SUB.CO has strong relationships with industry experts and hardware providers, and the access to the funding required to deliver major infrastructure projects.

SubCom

System Supplier

SubCom brings a vast depth of network resources, industry knowledge and global experience that support on-time cable system delivery and meet the needs of its customers worldwide. As a pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, SubCom offers the cutting-edge technologies needed to support the Oman Australia Cable specification.

Omantel

Oman Landing Party

Omantel is the first and leading integrated telecommunications service provider in Oman. Founded in 1970, Omantel is a joint-stock company listed in Muscat Securities Market and is 51% owned by Oman Investment Fund (OIF), a wholly-owned investment arm of the Omani government.

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