Australian ISP Internode has signed an agreement with international bandwidth wholesaler, Southern Cross Cable Network, which will see Internode gain access to an additional 2.5 gigabits per second (Gbps) on Southern Cross' international fibre services.
Internode has also announced its intention to implement further upgrades in the near future to reach 10Gbps capacity within a few months, and 20Gbps by early next year. The ISP currently accesses 7.5Gbps of bandwidth capacity on Southern Cross' fibre, and has a total of 15Gbps capacity through Southern Cross and PIPE's PPC-1 fibre between Sydney and Guam.
"We expect to further expand our protected SCCN capacity to 20 Gigabits per second by some time next year, to continue our capacity expansion," Internode CEO Simon Hackett said in a statement. "The Southern Cross Cable proposition, with the lowest latency to the US and fully protected circuit capacity, is the highest quality Internet path to the US – hands down."
“We are seeing continued strong growth in customer numbers, so we want plenty of headroom in our network to meet that demand,” he said.
Hackett told Computerworld Australia that, in addition to servicing Internode's growing customer base, the new agreement was part of a preparation strategy in anticipation of the National Broadband Network. "In the long term, it is a plank in our strategy to be extremely scaleable as the NBN starts to happen," he said.
The announcement comes a day after six New Zealand entrepreneurs released a proposal for a 13,000 kilometre fibre cable to stretch between Australia, New Zealand and the US.
The new company, Pacific Fibre, aims to provide the lowest latency trans-Pacific connection at a lower cost than that currently provided by alternatives like Southern Cross.
"We will look forward to talking to them when they're ready to start talking to us," Hackett said in relation to Pacific Fibre.