Southern Cross Cable has announced plans to treble its on-stream broadband capacity.
The company will upgrade its 30,500 kilometre trans-Pacific cable system on May 15; the network's first in-service capacity upgrade.
Protected capacity will increase to 60Gbit/sec.
Southern Cross first entered into service in November 2000 and currently operates at 20Gbit/sec.
Ross Pfeffer, market director for SCC Asia-Pacific, said current on-stream capacity did not satisfy customer demand. "This upgrade will come as a big relief to Australasian Internet service providers."
Southern Cross will upgrade the network again in September taking it to 80Gbit/sec capacity, then to 240Gbit/sec in 2002, with a view to increasing total protected capacity to 420Gbit/sec in the future, Pfeffer said.