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Cable Technology Feature Article

August 31, 2009

Australia Japan Cable, Pacific Crossing Limited Launch International Gigabit Ethernet Service

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Australia Japan Cable and Pacific Crossing Limited, announced the launch of their Gigabit Ethernet Service for carrier, enterprise, and Internet service provider customers looking for scalable and flexible connectivity options between Australia and North America.
Both Australia Japan Cable, or AJC, which operates the AJC cable system between Japan and Australia, and Pacific Crossing Limited, or PCL, which operates a network across the Pacific, PC-1, had announced Gigabit Ethernet offerings on their own networks earlier this year.
The joint efforts between the pair is expected to offer standard 1Gigabit and 10Gigabit interfaces with the flexibility of scalable capacity from 150Mbs up to the full size of the port interface, according to Seth Davis, CTO at Pacific Crossing Limited.
This high-throughput low-latency network will meet the continually growing demand from bandwidth-hungry applications such as high-definition video, according to company officials.
“The expansion of our Ethernet service to include our partnership with PCL and deliver services all the way to the U.S. is an evolutionary step in our product strategy,” said Chris Kessikidis, commercial director at Australia Japan Cable, in a statement.
Kessikidis added that the company has established relationships with Australian backhaul providers to provide them the ability to deliver these services all the way to the customer’s premise.
According to PCL officials, the Gigabit offering with AJC provides tremendous flexibility to users. Customers can have the service installed and then increase capacity up to the port speed – 1 Gb or 10 Gb – overtime without any necessary upgrades to equipment or local access.
Testing of the Gigabit service on the AJC and PC1 networks confirmed transmission performance up to the full rate and for frames up to a jumbo size of 9224 bytes, officials confirmed.
Australia-Japan Cable is a 12,700km optical fiber ring submarine cable network, directly connecting Australia and Japan, via Guam. AJC uses the Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing technology providing 10Gbit/s wavelengths with a design capacity of up to 64 waves per fiber pair.
“While international submarine networks, including AJC, have historically provided connectivity using Protected and Unprotected SDH capacity, there has been a clear trend to migrate Ethernet connectivity from local to national to international,” said Phillip Murphy, AJC’s head of Engineering.

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Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray