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

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

RELEASE - 5 March 2020

OMAN AUSTRALIA CABLE (OAC) ENTERS FULL CONTRACT IN FORCE STATUS WITH TARGET COMPLETION DECEMBER 2021

Brisbane, Australia 5th March, 2020 – SUB.CO today announced its Oman Australia Cable project has entered contract in force status (CIF) with its final system connection expected to be completed in December, 2021. The project delivers a new international subsea cable system identified as “OAC” that will directly connect Muscat, Oman to Perth, Australia.

Bevan Slattery, founder of SUB.CO said, “I am delighted that OAC is now CIF and importantly we have been able to secure the required manufacturing and marine installation assets with SubCom to allow for a targeted 2021 completion date. With a series of other major submarine cable projects looking to enter CIF status in the next quarter, this is a tremendous coup for the project and reduces project implementation risks and funding costs significantly.”

David Coughlan, CEO of SubCom noted: "Once deployed, OAC will enable high-capacity, low-latency transmission and open a much-sought route between Australia and EMEA. SubCom is very pleased to be moving forward with this project and we are confident in our ability to implement what will be a powerful and reliable system on behalf of SUB.CO."

Once completed, OAC 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. The OAC cable system design is a three (3) fibre pair system with an option to upgrade to four (4) fibre pairs based upon final demand and will span approximately 9,700 km, with branching units designed to potentially extend the system into Salalah, Oman and Djibouti in the future.

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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RELEASE - 24 OCTOBER 2019

New subsea cable to provide new express route between Australia and EMEA and complete new “Great Southern Route”.

Brisbane, Australia 24th October 2019 – SUB.CO today announced it has selected Subcom (formerly known at TE Subcom) to build a new international subsea cable system that will directly connect Muscat, Oman to Perth, Australia called “OAC” (Oman Australia Cable).

Once completed, OAC will be the only express cable between continental Australia and EMEA, providing the first secure, diverse and low latency route between the two continents. As OAC will not pass through the Sunda Strait or South China Sea, the system will avoid many of the issues being experienced by other cable systems in those areas and form part of a new “Great Southern Route” between continental US, Australia and EMEA.

The OAC cable system design is a three (3) fibre pair system with option to upgrade to four (4) fibre pairs based upon final demand and will span approximately 9,700 km with additional branching units designed to extend the system into Salalah, Oman and Djibouti in the future.

Bevan Slattery, founder of SUB.CO said, “I am delighted to be building a new, express route providing diversity and low latency between Australia and EMEA, while at the same time avoiding some of the challenges associated with building through the shallows of the Sunda Strait and busy South China Sea. For me, the Oman Australia Cable is the final piece of an important puzzle to improve Australia’s resiliency and recognises the growing importance of Oman in becoming the new “Cloud hub” in EMEA.”

Cloud Growth in Australia and Oman

In the past twelve months, Perth has seen significant investment in submarine cables and cloud hosting facilities with three new submarine cable systems completed (ASC along with Indigo West and Indigo Central) and two new major data centre facilities commissioned (NEXTDC P2 and Equinix PE2). Both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services have established Cloud onramps in Perth for regional availability zones (AZ) and others are expected to be announced soon.

“OAC will be highly complementary to the recent submarine cables between Perth and Singapore as well as Indigo Central, which will be used to extend OAC to Australia’s cloud capital - Sydney” said Mr Slattery.

In deciding to land the cable in Oman Mr Slattery sighted recent investment from major cloud, network and data centre providers in the region as key reasons for selecting Muscat Oman. Muscat in Oman has 15 submarine cables terminating today and will soon have a new Equinix facility being operated under a joint venture between Equinix and Omantel. Speaking with customers and potential customers, it has become apparent the industry has selected Oman as the key hub for EMEA and the gateway between Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Having visibility to the upcoming investment by major cloud providers in the region is only going to further enhance Oman’s position for the foreseeable future.

OAC is expected to commence manufacturing later this year and is scheduled to be completed by December 2021.

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