Pacific Fibre has announced that it has invited the submarine cable industry to tender for building its proposed Australia-New Zealand-US link. If built, the link would expand both capacity and competition on the route. Today, the route is served by the dual-path Southern Cross Cable Network and Telstra's Endeavour cable. …
Is that the best path?
The technology is nearly to the point of not needing underwater repeaters which costs several million dollars each for every 100 or so miles of undersea fiber. Its much cheaper to put a faster repeater on land but so far that would have required going around the ring of fire.
Wonder if it means the internet users in NZ will stop being raped quite so much by the incumbents who charge the Earth and provide a service that is next to nothing.
I suspect not.
But more bandwidth to bring things up to at least a 3rd world level will be good.
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