RELEASE - 2 MARCH 2021

OMAN AUSTRALIA CABLE (OAC) TO EXTEND BRANCH INTO COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS

Brisbane, Australia 2 March, 2021 – SUB.CO today announced the Oman Australia Cable will be extending a branch into Cocos (Keeling) Islands to provide greater internet connectivity to the Australian Territory for the first time.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands is located 3,000km north-west of Perth and is Australia’s western most territory. The Islands are strategic outposts for various government services including weather and border protection.

Bevan Slattery, founder of SUB.CO said, “One of the greatest parts of building long-haul submarine systems is the ability to help interconnect other small territories to low-latency, reliable internet connectivity that submarine cables provide. Being able to assist connect Cocos to OAC is a passion project and a great demonstration of how major telecommunication infrastructure projects can also benefit remote communities.”

Natasha Griggs Administrator, Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands welcomed the extension of OAC into the remote island territory. “Securing submarine cable capacity at Cocos (Keeling) Islands is a real win for the residents and business and an important long-term investment to deliver critical services on-island.”

The Cocos branch extension from the $270m OAC main trunk is approximately 600km long and capable of delivering many terabits to the remote Australian territory. Works are expected to commence on-island as soon as March 2021 with an expected “go-live” date of March 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 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

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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