Vocus Communications | Australia Singapore Cable

The Vocus Communications Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) is a 4,600km submarine cable system linking Perth, Western Australia, to Singapore, via Jakarta, Indonesia, and Christmas Island.

The four-pair fibre network can deliver up to 60Tbps of capacity and offer an approximate 30% reduction in latency from Sydney to Singapore compared to alternative routes.


The ASC cable system is based on repeated 100G technology using Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) in the 1550nm window.

The cable system will be supplied and installed by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) and will include:

  • ASN's OALC-4 submarine cable featuring strong protection against external aggression for its steel vault structure and armoured protection

  • High performance D+ fibre with large core area

  • Highly reliable repeaters designed for wide-band WDM applications with built-in supervisory system allowing amplifier input and output monitoring.

ASC will utilise ASN's new '1620 SOFTNODE Submarine Line Terminal' equipment providing:

  • High traffic availability through redundancy of key components

  • Large capacity and compact size

  • High performance 100Gb/s advanced coherent line interfaces

  • Software configurable client interfaces supporting various services.

The ASC system will also use:

  • Highly reliable and duplicated DC power feeding equipment with single end feeding capability

  • State-of-the-art Submarine Network management accessible from all terminal stations and the NOC for preventive and corrective maintenance, including wet plant fault localisation

  • A robust Data Communication Network (DCN) featuring protection against wavelength failure and cable break.

Project Progress

The ASC delivery team is making great progress on the construction and installation of the cable system.

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Project Milestones

The ASC Delivery team

The ASC team is one of the most experienced submarine cable project-teams in Australia, having recently transitioned from the successfully completed North West Cable system connecting Darwin to Port Hedland.

Our team has extensive experience:

  • Prior experience working with ASC subcontractors

  • Marine operational compliance

  • Offshore platform construction

  • Permitting

  • NOC integration

Peter Harrison

Project Director

Peter has managed the implementation of the North West Cable System and the Australia Singapore Cable projects. Previous to that Peter has worked in several senior roles in telecommunications covering engineering, operations, commercial, products and marketing. Peter spent the early part of his career in Telstra in engineering, project management and product management roles, including a period as head of the customer premises equipment line of business.

Mathew Shields

Technical Lead/Director

Mathew has over 34 years’ experience in telecommunications in Australia and Internationally. Mathew has performed pivotal roles in network transformation, national and global network rollout, network integration and carrier interconnect. Mathew has vast experience and knowledge covering network planning, design, specification and procurement as well as the implementation of large telecommunications projects including long distance fibre builds in remote northern Australia and subsea optical cable systems. Mathew also brings extensive experience in business development including customer engagement and relationship development with Government and large global corporate clients in the resources and oil and gas industry.

Dina Bauman

Project Manager

Having worked in the telco/ ISP/ IT industry for over 20 years, Dina has extensive experience working in various roles including Wholesale Business Development, Product Management / Development and Business Analysis – which has finally lead her to her passion of Project Management which she has now been doing for the past 14 years. As a certified practicing Project Manager, Dina has primarily worked on telco product development and large network engineering type projects. Dina has direct experience project managing the recent North West Cable system between Darwin and Port Hedland.

Michael de Klerk

Design and Solutions Engineer

Michael has worked in the Telecommunications industry for more than 20 years. Michael brings vast experience in telco project design from initial concept through to completion. Michael provided key technical engineering expertise on SDH and DWDM projects around Australia, and more recently the North West Cable System between Darwin and Port Hedland. Michael also provided Account Management expertise in ITC solutions including Rural and Remote Radio solutions and ATM and Frame Relay based private networks.

David Gibson

Commercial & Contracts Manager

David is responsible for commercial and contracts within the Australia Singapore Cable project. David brings a wealth of telecommunications industry experience, with prior roles including various engineering/commercial roles, Group Product Manager, Head of Marketing & Carrier Relations and Principal Consultant commencing with Telstra, and subsequently Uecomm, Silk Telecom, GQC and UXC.

Greg Neylan

Regulatory, Compliance & Land Access Manager

Greg is responsible for regulatory compliance of the Australia Singapore Cable project, along with all permits and agreements necessary to build the network. Greg has worked within the telecommunications industry for over 25 years, with senior roles in fixed and mobile operators, as well as with the Australian government. Greg brings a broad range of skills and project manager experience to the ASC team.

Swee Yue Tan

Project Legal Advisor

Swee provides strategic legal advice on, and is responsible for contracts relating to the Australia Singapore Cable project. Having worked in the telecommunications industry for over 17 years, with the first 13 years spent at Telstra, Swee has solid experience advising on complex projects (dealing with suppliers, customers and regulators on a cross-jurisdictional basis), commercial contracts, telecommunications regulation, and a diverse range of inhouse legal issues.