The Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable has landed in Tokelau in the South Pacific sea.
This will be the first submarine fibre optic system to provide a direct fibre optic link between Tokelau and New Zealand, providing game changing possibilities for the people of Tokelau.
Southern Cross is an independent entity and is owned by Telecom New Zealand (50 per cent), SingTel Optus (40 per cent) and the remaining 10 per cent is owned by Verizon Business.
“Today we celebrate a truly special milestone in telecommunication history as well as the continued connectivity and development of the Pacific Region, as our #SXNEXT Golden Buoy has landed in the beautiful islands of Tokelau”, the company said in its LinkedIn post.
The Southern Cross Cable is a trans-Pacific network of telecommunications cables commissioned in 2000. The network is operated by the Bermuda-registered company Southern Cross Cables Limited. The Southern Cross network provides low latency, high service availability single provider ring capacity solutions between the markets we serve in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii and mainland 𝚄𝚂, the company said.
The Southern Cross Network comprises 28,000 kilometres of undersea cable and 2,000 kilometres of terrestrial cable configured to maximise reliability.
Our products take advantage of our ring based network architecture to provide robust capacity solutions to customers with the advantages of dealing with a single provider, the company added.
Southern Cross is based in Bermuda and has offices in Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia.
“The recent COVID-19 pandemic has not made this milestone an easy achievement, but it is an incredibly important one that would not be possible without the support of the people of Tokelau, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Government of Tokelau, Teletok, alcatel Submarine Networks Marine, McCann Consulting, OMS Group, Subvia, AXIOM, Pioneer Consulting and the SXNEXT Project Team, the company said.