Anyone that follows the New Zealand domestic web space will have noticed a crescendo about international bandwidth. Rod Drury’s been talking about capacity constraint for a few years now, Sam Morgan was quoted in the latest Idealog magazine as saying he might just build a new pipe himself and others have been similarly active in furthering this idea.
Announced this morning is Pacific Fibre, an early stage international fibre venture founded by a group including Stephen Tindall, Morgan and Drury. Hell even the blogosphere gets a look-in with local boy Lance Wiggs having a role in all of this.
The group is looking to secure funding and build a 5.12 Terabits/sec capacity fibre cable to be ready in 2013 connecting Australia, New Zealand and the USA – the initial proposal is a cable which will deliver five times the capacity of the existing Southern Cross system.
The current proposed cable configuration would be 13,000 km long, and have two fibre pairs with 64 wavelengths (lambdas) each at 40 Gigabits/sec per lambda. The maximum lit capacity initially would be 5.12 Terabits/sec, but would be upgradeable to over 12 Terabits/sec as the emerging 100 Gbit/sec per lambda technology becomes reality. The newer cable and repeater technology that Pacific Fibre proposes to use will be substantially more easily upgradeable than that of existing cables.
The company is still undergoing incorporation so no details about ownership and governance are available but involved parties are:
- Stephen Tindall – Founder of The Warehouse and K1W1
- Rod Drury – Founder of Xero
- Sam Morgan – Founder of TradeMe
- Mark Rushworth – former Vodafone Chief Marketing Officer, technology
- John Humphrey – industry veteran and
- Lance Wiggs – strategy consultant and entrepreneur