150804 Global Switch extends carrier network with FirstPath submarine cables

Global Switch extends carrier network with FirstPath submarine cables

Release date: 04.08.2015

Global Switch, one of the leading large-scale, carrier-neutral, multi-tenanted data centre providers across Europe and Asia-Pacific has announced that customers in its Sydney data centre campus are now able to connect directly to FirstPath's new high capacity submarine fibre optic cables which were laid across Sydney Harbour last month.

The cables, FirstPath's first entry into submarine cables, provide one of the shortest paths between North Sydney and the CBD and the ASX. FirstPath, a leading Australian privately owned Telecommunications Company, had previously used fibre links running through the cross-harbour tunnel however the new submarine cables decrease path distance and improve latency as well as provide diverse pathways. The two cables joining Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) with North Sydney provide a total capacity of 1,440 fibres cores.

Damon Reid, Global Switch's Managing Director in Sydney said "FirstPath is an important part of Global Switch's carrier network and we are very excited that FirstPath has selected Global Switch for this new service. The improved latency offered by these cables connecting Global Switch, the Australian Stock Exchange and other key locations in Sydney further enhances Global Switch's considerable network density and diversity".

Global Switch has recently begun early works on the second stage of Sydney East, its latest data centre, the first stage of which launched last year and is now nearing full occupancy.  Damon Reid said: "Our customers truly value the established ecosystems offered within our Sydney data centre campus, where we continue to enhance our connectivity infrastructure.  We facilitate one of the region's most important connectivity hubs spanning 50,000 m2 of operational data centre space on a single high availability campus.  Combined with our continually expanding community of cloud service providers Global Switch Sydney has an unrivalled business ecosystem."

FirstPath's CEO Stephen Carter said "As a wholesale-only carrier we have seen an accelerating demand for all our services from business, enterprise and government to residential services, and this investment with improved network reach will strengthen our position to be a key player in an ever changing telecommunications marketplace."

Contact details:

Global Switch:
Damon Reid
Managing Director, Sydney
+61 (0)29566 7001

Ali Ballantine
Group Marketing & Communications Director
+44 (0)20 8054 9053

Stephen Carter
CEO & Managing Director
+61 (0)28458 2666

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Notes to editors:

About FirstPath
FirstPath is Australia's largest privately owned fibre optic access network (tier-1 telco) delivering outstanding connectivity choices with flexible contracts and maximum benefit to resellers and their customers alike.  An equal opportunity wholesale-only approach means that you are never funding a competitor.  Continually building our own in-street fibre optic cabling and infrastructure to deliver Dark Fibre, VDSL and Lit Fibre efficiently means that other carriers and service providers know we deliver services quickly and for less than they can build it themselves. Our agility and constant evolution means our products are intrinsically better at servicing today's and tomorrow's needs at attractive prices. When you need fast, low-latency, affordable, scalable, flexible, highly-available connectivity then FirstPath is the perfect choice.
For more information, visit: www.vocus.com.au/

About Global Switch
Global Switch is the leading large scale, carrier neutral data centre provider in Europe and Asia-Pacific and is a Reuben Brothers company (see www.reubenbrothers.com). Established in 1998, the company has held an unrivalled track record in delivering best-in-class solutions. Global Switch is a vital and strategic partner for customers that require secure and resilient data centre services with scalable capacity and a high level customer service.  The Company's focus is on highly resilient, central, low latency, network dense locations in prime city centre locations and internet hubs close to its customers on the edge of financial and business districts. It is present in eight markets including, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Paris, Singapore and Sydney.  The data centres currently total around 300,000 sq m (3,200,000 sq ft) of floor space and are occupied by a broad range of customers, global and national, large and small including government organisations, financial institutions, enterprises, global systems integrators, telecommunication carriers, managed service providers and other hosting businesses.
For more information, visit: www.globalswitch.com