Southern Cross cuts costs for launch

Southern Cross Cable Network has announced its trans-Pacific and trans-Tasman cable network will begin service on November 15, 2000, and is offering a 20 per cent reduction in prices for signups during the lead-up period.

The base price from Southern Cross for a 15-year 155Mbit connection between Australasia and the US has been reduced to $US10.4 million, and between Australia and New Zealand to $US3.28 million. These prices are effective from August 22 to November 15, 2000.

Southern Cross, which is owned by Telecom New Zealand, Cable & Wireless Optus and MCI WorldCom, started laying the 31,000km network from Clovelly in Sydney in July 1999. The network spans the Pacific Ocean with two separate cables linking New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii and the US mainland.

Southern Cross estimates a one-way transmission delay of 70msec between Sydney and California, and 120Gbit/sec of fully protected capacity between Australasia and North America.

According to Southern Cross, the network has been designed to remove the bandwidth bottleneck between Australasia and North America created by exponential growth of the Internet, and will open the door for Australian businesses to new applications such as Internet 2, video streaming, telemedicine and distance learning.

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