SUBCO Increases Fibre Capacity on SMAP Cable System

Brisbane, Australia – 16th May 2024 – SUBCO is excited to announce it has increased the fibre capacity of the SMAP cable system connecting Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Originally designed as a 12 fibre pair system, SMAP has been upgraded to a 16 fibre pair system providing for an increase of 33% of total system capacity.

SUBCO Co-CEO Bevan Slattery said “This increased investment in capacity is to ensure we are able to support Australia’s digital infrastructure needs both now, and in the future. AI and Cloud are driving the accelerating expansion of hyperscale Data Centres throughout the region, which is driving an increase in demand for hyperscale connectivity. This upgrade will provide for an additional 100Tbps between Melbourne and Perth and 120Tbps between Sydney and Melbourne.

The SMAP cable is on track for provisional acceptance in December, 2025 and updates as to the progress can be found on the SMAP blog

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