A $US 300 million ($A446m) cable from Sydney to Los Angeles has received regulatory approval to go ahead, with planners saying it will become the lowest latency path from Australia and New Zealand to the United States.
The 13,483km Southern Cross NEXT cable will be able to carry 72 terabits of traffic per second, the equivalent of millions of streaming movies, once complete by January 2022.
“The addition of the new Southern Cross NEXT route to our eco-system will provide existing and future Southern Cross NEXT customers with further resiliency and connectivity options between Australia, New Zealand and the United States,” Southern Cross Cable Network chief executive Laurie Miller said.
Also Tuesday, Telstra received approval to become a 25 per cent shareholder in the Southern Cross Cable Network, joining existing partners Spark New Zealand, Optus owner Singtel and US telecom Verizon.
The cable will link Sydney, Los Angeles and Auckland, with additional landing points in Samoa, Kiribati, Fiji and the New Zealand territory of Tokelau.
US to Australia traffic accounts to more than 80 per cent of all internet traffic to Australia, planners have said, so the route is important for everything from enterprise data exchange to internet TV and online gaming.
Alcatel Submarine Networks, a French subsidiary of Nokia Group, has been selected to lay the cable.