The Oman-Australia Cable (OAC) — a 9,800 kilometre subsea cable manufactured and installed by SUB.CO that links the Sultanate of Oman to Western Australia — was officially switched on by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Perth, Australia on Sunday. Albanese himself announced the event on his official Twitter account.
The Oman-Australia Cable, which costs over $300 million, lit up in Equinix’s International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre, PE2, in Perth.
The Australian Prime Minister said, “Today we opened an undersea cable connecting Australia to the world. The cable would enable direct high-speed data connectivity from both the East and West Coasts of Australia to the Middle East and Europe for the first time. Oman-Australia Submarine Cable allows for faster, more secure and more reliable data transfers. It is fast enough stream over 65 million shows on Netflix simultaneously, and it will make Western Australia a critical data hub for the country — ensuring Australian businesses and industry can share data quickly and securely to global markets.”
“OAC delivers more capacity to support Australia’s growing digital economy and jobs”, he added.
SUB.CO, a submarine cable development specialist firm founded by Australian entrepreneur Bevan Slattery, announced earlier this month the start of the live broadcast of the OAC. The cable is the first diversified cable between Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Equinix previously claimed it will be the only data centre operator with an express cable between Oman and Australia. Equinix President and CEO Charles Meyer said the centre’s completion came as “Perth is poised to become a major hub.”
“As the world’s largest digital infrastructure company, we will always be where our customers are. The OAC Cable Landing Stations in Perth and Oman will provide organisations with access to a dense ecosystem of networks and the lowest latency and the most direct path between Australia and onward into Europe,” he said.