Southern Cross Cable's trans-Pacific network will be ready for operations as planned on November 15 2000.
A spokesperson for the company, Philip Clark, said SCC had just completed confidence trials of the network to ensure it will perform during its lifetime, from 2000 to 2025.
Southern Cross Cable spans the Pacific Ocean with two separate cables, linking New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii and the US mainland.
It has been purpose built for the Internet and other bandwidth-hungry applications, and will be able to deliver 120 Gbit/sec of fully protected capacity between Australian and North America - enough to transmit two full-length motion pictures every second.
The availability of capacity from the network iis expected to open the door for Australian businesses to new applications such as Internet 2, video streaming, telemedicine, distance learning and allow companies to link their private networks in Australasia and North America for fast data transfer..
The network is owned by Telecom New Zealand Ltd (50 per cent), Cable & Wireless Optus (40 per cent) and MCI WorldCom (10 per cent).