08 June 2016 – Business Wire
Global Switch, one of the leading large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral, multi-tenanted data centre providers across Europe and Asia-Pacific has announced that Trident Subsea Cable (Trident), an international telecommunications infrastructure project designed to deliver high-speed and high-capacity connectivity between Australia and Asia, is to locate Points of Presence (PoPs) within Global Switch’s data centres in Sydney and Singapore when it builds its cable network in the Asian region.
Trident’s cable network, anticipated to be ‘Ready For Service’ in mid-2018, will connect Singapore, Indonesia and Australia with some of the highest capacity optical fibre technology available once operational. With four fibre-pairs in total, each carrying multiple 100Gbps optical channels (wavelengths) and capable of being upgraded in future to 400Gbps optical channels, the Trident system is being developed to offer the raw bandwidth increasingly required by the fast-growing demand for Internet services and content hosted in the Asian region.
The carrier-neutral Global Switch data centres in Sydney and Singapore are already widely recognised as being two of the most important connectivity hubs in the Asia Pacific region and beyond, hosting a vibrant and ever-expanding telecommunications and internet ecosystem.
In Sydney, Global Switch recently commenced construction of the final stages of its Sydney East data centre following a pre commitment from a leading cloud provider. Demand for the new data centre has also come from a large number of leading multi-national companies requiring highly resilient and secure space for housing mission critical IT equipment, as well as the need to be collocated within Global Switch’s network dense and low latency carrier environment.
Global Switch Singapore hosts the network PoPs of all the major international telecommunications companies, and uniquely, a number of major submarine cable systems already land directly in the facility. Virtually all the leading internet services companies have a presence including ISPs, major content owners and distributors, web portals and online social media. Together with the presence of the Singapore Internet Exchange (SGIX), these organisations transform the Global Switch data centre in Tai Seng into a convergent connectivity hub, reaching out to all parts of the globe.
Commenting on the agreement, Trident Subsea Cable’s Chief Executive Officer, Alexis Pinto, said, “We are pleased to have agreed to locate PoPs within Global Switch’s data centres as an important step towards our objective to build an independent open-access cable system, maximising the options for customers to connect directly to the infrastructure.
“There is substantial anticipated growth in online content and traffic in Asia, and the desire to locate servers near some of the world’s largest content developers in the region. By extending Trident’s cable network into Global Switch’s carrier neutral data centres in both Singapore and Sydney, Trident will be well positioned to meet the increasing demand from service providers for easy access to high capacity international connectivity.”
The Trident cable via Perth has been designed to offer the lowest latency 100Gbps-enabled path currently available between Australia and Asia. With an estimated round-trip delay of approximately 100ms between Sydney and Singapore, it will provide significant performance improvements over the much longer paths on cables from Sydney via Guam or Hawaii.
Damon Reid, Global Switch’s Managing Director in Sydney said “Global Switch provides large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral data centres in key locations and this agreement will give Global Switch customers even greater choice by providing direct access to Trident’s network, with no additional backhaul costs, and an exceptional low latency path between Australia and Asia. Once built, the Trident network will be an important addition to the connectivity options already available to our customers in Sydney and Singapore ”
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Trident Subsea Cable (Trident) is an independent and Australian-owned international project to build a high capacity fibre optic subsea cable linking Perth, Jakarta and Singapore with extensions to the Pilbara/North West Shelf. Trident will offer direct network access and scalable bandwidth capacity through its partnership with national and international communications carriers, using the latest developments in long-distance optical fibre technology to open up the highest capacity, lowest-latency path between Australia and Asia.
About Global Switch
Global Switch is the leading large scale, carrier and cloud neutral data centre provider in Europe and Asia-Pacific and is a Reuben Brothers company. Established in 1998, the company has held an unrivalled track record in delivering best-in-class solutions. Global Switch is a vital and strategic partner for customers that require secure and resilient data centre services with scalable capacity and a high level customer service. The Company’s focus is on highly resilient, central, low latency, network dense locations in prime city centre locations and internet hubs close to its customers on the edge of financial and business districts. It is present in eight markets including, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Paris, Singapore and Sydney. The data centres currently total around 300,000 sq m (3,200,000 sq ft) of floor space and are occupied by a broad range of customers, global and national, large and small including government organisations, financial institutions, enterprises, global systems integrators, telecommunication carriers, managed service providers and other hosting businesses.