Research suggests that over the next 10 years New Zealand will use 11,000% more Internet data than today. That’s a huge growth and our existing data cables just won’t cope.
Now the 3 big telecom companies Spark, Vodafone and Telstra are spending about US$70 million to build the Tasman Global Access cable. They aim to significantly improve New Zealand’s international broadband connectivity.
Other benefits of the new cable include strengthened links into fast-growing Asian markets, important redundancy and resiliency, and better connection with the five main international cable systems currently serving Australia.
The cable will run between Ngarunui Beach at Raglan on the west coast of New Zealand up near Hamilton and Auckland and Narrabeen Beach in Australia. It should be completed, tested and ready for service by the end of 2016.
The 2,300 Km (1430 mile) cable is comprised of two fibre pairs, and will have a total capacity of 20 terabits per second.
Source: Media release, 17 March 2016.
Yay! More better Internet!