RELEASE - 22 July 2021

AUSTRALIA’S FIRST EXPRESS CABLE TO EMEA HAS LANDED IN PERTH - ON TRACK TO GO LIVE IN Q2-2022.

Brisbane, Australia 22nd July, 2021 – SUB.CO today announced Australia’s first express undersea cable to EMEA, the Oman Australia Cable (OAC) has made landfall in Perth, Australia. The cable landing from the Cable Ship Reliance, marks a major milestone in providing Australia with diverse and direct connectivity to EMEA.

SUB.CO’s Founder Bevan Slattery said “I am so excited, and somewhat relieved, to see OAC making landfall in Perth. This moment has been a long time in the making and made all the more challenging with COVID and for me personally represents another important piece of the puzzle to improve Australia’s digital resiliency.”

Today over 95% of Australia’s international connectivity is provided by undersea cables and, while the number of cables have increased to provide additional capacity, they often follow similar routes and are exposed to the same single points of failure.

Mr Slattery said “Currently, every submarine cable that connects Europe/Middle East to Asia goes through a single 100 mile stretch of water in the Malacca Strait that is also one of the most earthquake prone, most fished, most active shipping areas in the world. It is the Suez Canal of the Cloud.

“Additionally every cable out of the west of Australia all follow the same path and have the same single points of failure being they all travel through the Sunda Strait and land in Singapore. OAC will change all that.”

The Cable Ship Reliance will remain on station while the cable is extended through to the cable landing station and tested before continuing installation. The next major milestone will see the cable land into Cocos (Keeling) Islands in Q4 2021, marking the first undersea cable to land in the remote Australian territory in almost 100 years.

SUB.CO CEO Jim Clarke said “The SUB.CO team have been busy in the background completing construction of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands beach manhole and fronthaul networks with the containerised cable landing station about to be shipped to Island for commissioning in readiness for the arrival of the cable ship.

The final stage will commence post Cocos (Keeling) Islands landing and continue installation all the way to Oman with final splice anticipated in Q1 2022 and ready for service Q2 2022.

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 Jim Clarke +61 408 143 370 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

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.

Jim Clarke

CEO

Jim is responsible for all commercial, product and operational activity within SUB.CO

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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