Sydney, Australia - SpeedCast, a leading global satellite telecommunications service provider, today announced a further extension of its TIER 1 IP Backbone into Vanuatu. SpeedCast acquired significant fibre capacity on the new ICL-1 submarine cable, which will enable local service providers to supply high-speed connectivity across the island. This comes as the Pacific Island market is increasingly moving to fibre connectivity as demand grows for greater bandwidth, 3G services and superfast broadband.
The new service will provide high throughput IP capacity, peering, transit and backbone to numerous wholesale customers in Vanuatu on the newly built ICL-1 submarine cable. Built, owned and operated by Interchange Cable Ltd, the cable runs from Fiji to Vanuatu. The cable provides additional capacity and speed for international traffic, making it a key infrastructural improvement that will aid Vanuatu both economically and socially.
"This is an exciting time for telecommunications within the Pacific Islands as the proliferation of new and more widely-affordable communication tools begin to reach the territory," said Steffen Holzt, Sales Director for Pacific Islands at SpeedCast. "Vanuatu is now 49 milliseconds away from the major Internet peering points and is truly a member of the global Internet community. The new network will deliver high-speed fibre services throughout Vanuatu and we are honoured that our customers have entrusted us with their critical communication requirements."
SpeedCast Pacific (formerly Pactel International) is committed to servicing its customers' requirements for Internet, private networking and voice services and has made significant inroads within the Pacific region. SpeedCast already provides high-quality services to Fiji, Tonga and New Caledonia, which was one of the first adopters of a fibre network rollout in the territory.
Simon Fletcher, Managing Director of Interchange Cable Ltd added: "SpeedCast has been a valued supplier of Internet services to Vanuatu and its wholesale customers for the past decade so we are thrilled to have its support. Looking forward, we are excited about the possibility this opens up for the future of Interchange in the Pacific."
The service is supported by 24/7 network monitoring and support from SpeedCast'sNetwork Operations Centre, and provides SpeedCast's customers advanced reporting capabilities.
SpeedCast is a leading global network and satellite communications service provider offering high-quality managed networks services in over 60 countries throughout Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and Africa; and a global maritime network serving customers worldwide. With 16 international sales & support offices and 30 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve corporate and carriers' requirements globally.
SpeedCast has established a strong position in Australia with the acquisition of two major satellite industry players, Australian Satellite Communications and Pactel International. The company is serving a large base of oil & gas and mining customers around the country and can leverage a team of over 50 professionals in Australia and over 100 in Asia-Pacific to support the needs of its natural resources customers in the region. Recently opened office and teleport facilities in Perth complement SpeedCast's presence and infrastructure in the country with offices and facilities in Sydney, Darwin, and Adelaide. In Asia-Pacific, SpeedCast's infrastructure covers the region's other major oil & gas and mining hubs: Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Port Moresby and Dubai, allowing SpeedCast to support their customers wherever they operate.
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