New submarine cable to deliver Darwin digital hub

First ever connection for Darwin to the global network of subsea telecommunication cables.

The cable system represents a major leap forward in Australia's global connectivity. It will help unlock new opportunities for growth, innovation, and development in the Northern Territory and other parts of Northern Australia.

This new cable system will:

  • support businesses in the region, including resource operators in the Pilbara, by providing low-latency connectivity into Asia
  • enable local businesses to compete on a global scale
  • enhance educational opportunities
  • improve access to essential services for the communities in the region.

The cable will also enhance the resilience and security of Australia's international cable network, supporting uninterrupted and reliable connectivity, including during natural disaster and faults on other cables. This will provide businesses, governments, and individuals with greater confidence and assurance that their communication needs will be met, even in challenging circumstances.

The 7,700km Darwin-Jakarta-Singapore Cable system was completed following deployment of a final 1000km cable spur, which linked Vocus' existing North-West Cable System, running from Port Hedland to Darwin, to its Perth-based Australia-Singapore Cable. International submarine cables are the cornerstone of the global digital network, carrying more than 98 per cent of the world's data and voice traffic.

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