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Southern Cross Makes Final Cable Link

Internet provider Southern Cross has completed the final stage in the laying of its 29,000km purpose-built trans-Pacific Internet cable.

The submarinefibre optic cable, which will provide a direct connection between Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii and America, landed on Tuesday in Oregon.

Southern Cross has been forced to delay its deadline to go live because of difficulties in obtaining permits to land on the US coastline, but the company has now committed to November 15 as its ready for service date.

The Oregon stage of the cable link signals the start of laying the final section of the cable network between Oregon and Hawaii, which will eventually carry 20 million direct connections between America and Australia.

Southern Cross will provide high bandwidth capacity with a forecasted transmission delay of 70 milliseconds between Sydney and Oregon.

Southern Cross chief executive officer Baldo Sutich said a major incentive for the completion of the service was the large potential customer base.

"With over 50 per cent of all Web content residing in the US, these people want fast, direct access to North America," he said.

"Our landing points in Oregon, California, and Hawaii mean that Southern Cross will also enable US-based companies to extend their global networks to the Net-hungry populations of Australian and New Zealand."

Sutich said the company had received "strong demand" locally for connections between Australasia and the United States, as well as from US carriers wishing to extend their networks to the South Pacific. According to the company, total capacity from sales to date total AUS$2 billion (US$1.2 billion).