Inligo Networks through its Australian subsidiary Inligo Digital Australia will build own and operate an open cable landing station in Darwin Australia.

The facility will have the capacity to land and support four international subsea cables with the first cable to use the facility being Inligo’s Asia Connect Cable System. The facility located near Fannie Bay will also provide a hub for the Inligo domestic cable system called the Unite Cable System.

What is an Open Cable Landing Station?

An open cable landing station, also known as an open-access cable landing station, refers to a facility where undersea fibre-optic cables (submarine cables) carrying internet traffic come ashore and connect with terrestrial telecommunication networks. The term “open” indicates that the landing station is accessible to multiple telecommunication companies or service providers, allowing them to interconnect their networks and exchange data traffic.

Traditionally, submarine cables have been owned and operated by consortia or individual telecommunications companies. Access to these cables was often limited to the owners or partners involved in their deployment. However, with the increasing demand for internet connectivity and data transmission capacity, there has been a push towards open-access models to promote better service, reduce costs, and enhance network resilience.

Open cable landing stations provide a standardised neutral point of interconnection where multiple service providers can connect their networks to submarine cables. This arrangement fosters competition among providers, encourages innovation, and expands connectivity options for users. Additionally, it can help improve redundancy and reliability in internet infrastructure by facilitating multiple routes for data transmission.

Overall, open cable landing stations play a crucial role in facilitating global communication and internet connectivity by serving as key hubs for interconnecting submarine cables with terrestrial networks in a neutral and accessible manner.

Darwin Cable Landing Station Illustration

Why is Inligo Networks establishing Australia’s first Open Multi-Cable CLS in Darwin?

There are several reasons why Inligo Networks are building an open cable landing station:

  1. Promoting higher value service: Open cable landing stations encourage competition among telecommunication companies and service providers. By providing a neutral point of interconnection, multiple companies can access submarine cables, leading to a more competitive market environment. This competition can drive innovation, improve service quality, and lower prices for consumers.
  2. Enhancing Connectivity: Open cable landing stations expand connectivity options by allowing multiple service providers to connect their networks to submarine cables. This increased connectivity can benefit businesses, consumers, and communities by providing access to a broader range of services and improving internet speeds and reliability.
  3. Reducing Costs: Open-access models can help reduce the cost of deploying and maintaining submarine cable infrastructure. Instead of each provider needing to build its own landing station, multiple providers can share the same facility, reducing overall capital and operational expenses. This cost savings can be passed on to consumers through lower prices for internet services.
  4. Improving Resilience: Open cable landing stations contribute to network resilience by enabling diverse routes for data transmission. In the event of a cable break or other disruption, having multiple service providers accessing the same landing station can help ensure continuity of service. This redundancy enhances the overall reliability of internet infrastructure.
  5. Facilitating Collaboration: Open cable landing stations can facilitate collaboration and partnership among telecommunication companies, content providers, and other stakeholders. By providing a common platform for interconnection, these facilities can foster cooperation in areas such as network planning, capacity sharing, and service availability.

Overall, building an open cable landing station can promote a more competitive, resilient, and interconnected global telecommunications ecosystem, benefiting both service providers and end-users alike.

How Darwin is developing as an international subsea cable hub

Listen to Dr. Stephen Grubb who at Submarine Networks World 2023 in Singapore explained how a digital ecosystem is built around an Open CLS.

The Cable Landing Station is expected to be completed in early 2026.

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