After receiving the PPC-1 circuit yesterday, Internode, a foundation customer of Australia's latest international fibre-optic link, successfully conducted end-to-end packet flow tests between Australia and the US.
PIPE Pacific Cable (PPC-1) is a 6900km fibre optic cable that links Sydney with the western Pacific island of Guam, a US territory with high bandwidth links to the continental United States.
"PPC-1 project has been an extraordinary journey 'full of firsts', however we are delighted that this has been the 'first' that we are able to share with one of our foundation customers, Internode," said Bevan Slattery, CEO of PIPE Networks Ltd.
Internode managing director Simon Hackett said PPC-1 had passed its first tests with flying colours. "PPC-1 has successfully demonstrated its performance by allowing Internode to send Internet Protocol (IP) packets end to end between Sydney and the US via Guam," he said.
"As the first customer to trial PPC-1 ahead of its official launch, Internode now has full confidence in the fibre-optic cable's readiness for official handover to foundation commercial customers, including Internode, on October 8."
Once it has integrated the PPC-1 link into its network, Internode expects the PIPE cable to carry as much as one third of its total international data traffic. As well as putting downward pressure on international data transit prices, the PPC-1 link creates additional redundancy for Internode's data paths to the US.
Internode also plans to revise a number of its Internet access plans after the official release of PPC-1 on October 8, 2009.