brindafella writes "APC Magazine reports that an Australian independent data carrier, PIPE networks, has announced a new internet link to the USA, aa A$200 million (US$179m) cable to be built between Australia and Guam that is a significant Pacific data hub.
PIPE Pacific 1 (PPC-1) will have two 6,900km fibre optic strands, initially at 10 gigabits per second though 40 gigabits is expected to be available by commissioning in 2009. It will eventually run at a maximum rate of 1.92 terabits per second.
PIPE Networks is an Australian company with no commercial connection to Australia's "big two" telcos, Telstra or Optus. PIPE has recently been rolling out connectivity to exchanges and, with this cable, will give Australia an important new level of competition in national and international data backhaul that is expected to create new price tensions that benefit customers. Currently, most Australian customers have "metred" data plans, but the competition may lead to US-styled "un-metred" plans."
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