The Sydney Morning Herald — The five thin submarine cables that link Australia’s phone and internet connection to the outside world will be joined by a sixth, thanks to an impending deal of up to $US140 million ($198 million) between Vocus Communications and NextGen Networks.
Data Center Dynamics — NextGen Networks, a global provider of high-speed fiber-optic services, announced that it has deployed new Points of Presence (PoPs) in data centers run by Equinix in Tokyo (TY3) and Frankfurt (FR2). This expansion adds coverage of the Asia Pacific (APAC) region for NexGen. As a longtime Equinix customer, the company has used Platform Equinix to scale its business to provide an ultra-low latency route between Europe and Asia to meet the needs of global enterprises.
Nextgen has completed construction on a 100Gb/s ethernet cable connecting Sydney to Perth. The project began 18 months ago, Nextgen is the first commercial network in the country to launch such a service. Nextgen Networks managing director, David Yuile, said the firm made the decision to build the service to support the exponential growth in Cloud computing and next generation data centres for high density IT environments.
Nextgen Networks has stopped taking new connection orders for its NBN virtual connect product after claiming technical changes to be introduced by NBN Co would force it to spend big to change its infrastructure. Nextgen became the first to offer sub-wholesale products on the NBN in 2011. Its “NBN Connect” product suite offered retail service providers the fibre backhaul to connect Nextgen’s 90 national points of presence in data centres across the country with NBN Co’s planned 121 points of interconnect.
The former boss of telecommunications provider AAPT, David Yuile, has joined network and data centre provider Nextgen Group to head its networks business. Yuile left AAPT in February after the business was bought by internet service provider TPG for $450 million. Nextgen Group CEO Peter McGrath said Yuile’s appointment was designed to boost the company’s focus on its networks operations.
Nextgen will team up with Alcatel-Lucent to build a 2000 km subsea fibre optic cable off the north West Australian coast. NextGen has emerged as the winner of a two-year tender process to connect broadband services to INPEX Ichthys Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Shell Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) projects located in the Browse Basin area. Peter McGrath, CEO of Nextgen, told iTnews the cable will be built using the Alcatel-Lucent submarine network at a cost the company predicted to exceed $100 million.