Vocus extends fibre network to Northern Beaches

Posted on October 31, 2013

Vocus Communications Limited (ASX:VOC), has revealed another step in its Dark Fibre strategy by extending its dark fibre run out key business hubs in Northern Sydney including Brookvale, French's Forest, Cromer and Manly. This fibre run covers a distance of approximately 20km and is due to be lit and fully functioning in early November 2013.

The pinnacle of this dark fibre run took place on Wednesday 30th October when Vocus ran submarine cable through Sydney's Middle Harbour at the Roseville Bridge.

Vocus has once again teamed up with their main cable supplier Prysmian to manufacture the 312 Core Submarine cable. The cable consists of 312 Optical Fibres in a water proofed loose tube.

"Our motivation behind it has come from a combination of strategic planning and customer demand" James Spenceley, Vocus CEO. Upon completion of this link it will provide Vocus' customers with diversity out of these suburbs, including the Southern Cross landing station using the existing link that traverses down through Manly, Mosman, Cremorne back in to North Sydney.

Existing Vocus customer Network Ten is set to benefit from this dark fibre run with the potential to add greater utilisation to their existing Vocus fibre links. Network Ten's new breakfast program, Wake Up, is also set on Sydney's Northern Beaches, at Surf City, Manly.

This particular fibre run did not come easy, strict guidelines from local councils, RMS, Garigal National Park and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. The project has taken over six months of intense planning so far.

The Northern Sydney dark fibre run is further strategic step in Vocus' plans to become a leading infrastructure provider to the telco, cloud computing and retail ISP markets.