Singtel, a Singapore-based service provider is joining hands with Perth in Australia in the form of a subsea cable. The new link will ensure that customers growing want for bandwidth-heavy applications like unified communications, enterprise data exchange, internet and online gaming will be efficiently run. Along with Australia's Telstra and SubPartners, Singtel signed a Memorandum of Understanding on March 31st, 2016. 

The cable goes by the name of APX-West and will measure in at 2,796 miles (4,500km) in length and will provide 10 Terabits of speed both ways between Singapore and Australia, according to AustralianNewsNetwork

Ooi Seng Keat, vice president, Carrier Services and Group Enterprise at Singtel, said in a statement, "The APX-West cable will be a new data superhighway to expand data connectivity and capacity between Singapore and Australia, providing network redundancy and the lowest latency from Australia to South-East Asia, the Middle East and Europe." 

The data superhighway is expected to be finished in 2018 and promises that engineers will be constantly making sure the project runs without fault in the next two years. 

Bevan Slattery, SubPartners founder and chief executive, said, "This is a unique commercial model for the Perth-Singapore route that will satisfy the ongoing bandwidth requirements of both network operators and internet content hosts."

This project comes on the back of an announcement from Singtel that they would be working alongside Ericsson to improve Singapore's 4G capabilities for the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies they have been working on. 

Tay Soo Meng, group CTO at Singtel told ZDNet, "IoT connectivity is an important part of Singapore's enterprises, and supports the Singapore government's Smart Nation initiative. We anticipate a growing demand to connect a multitude of sensors and devices in a cost-effective manner." 


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