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20 Mar, 2017

Join the Trident Subsea Cable team in Singapore

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Trident is on the hunt for ambitious telco business development, sales and marketing professionals to be the face of Trident in Asia. Do you know someone who may be perfect for our team? As part of Trident’s planned growth, we are launching our Singapore office and building an awesome and energetic team to spearhead our growth across Asia. We are currently accepting expressions of interest for the following key Singapore-based positions: 2 x Business Development Executives (Junior, Mid or Senior) 1 x Sales and Marketing Support Specialist

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08 Mar, 2017

Trident to open Singapore regional office, list on ASX

As featured on www.commsday.com March 8th, 2017 - by Geoff Long

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Perth-based Trident Subsea Cable continues to build out its resources in Southeast Asia, appointing former Fujitsu director Chris de Josselin as its EVP for Asia strategy and development with a brief to expand the company's footprint across the region. De Josselin is currently setting up a Trident regional office in Singapore while bringing on customers to its new sub-sea cable capacity between Singapore and Indonesia. On the home front, Trident is also well advanced in plans to list on the Australian Securities Exchange later this year. It is currently doing due diligence on an agreement that would provide a reverse listing through mining company Bora Bora Resources. Under the proposal, former iiNet CEO David Buckingham and CTO Greg Bader would join current Trident CEO Alexis Pinto and CFO Paddy Jayawardena on the listed company's board. Late last year Trident fast-tracked its plans for connectivity between Indonesia and Singapore following a strategic venture with Indonesian cable operator and builder Ketrosden Triasmitra. The deal will allow it to use Triasmitra's existing Jakarta-Bangka-Batam-Singapore B2JS cable system, with the first customers expected to be operational in April/May of this year. The Indonesia-Singapore link will be the first stage of Trident's long term plans for capacity between Australia and Asia. The company will use revenue generated from stage one to fund the on-going development of the network. De Josselin told CommsDay that the company had signed orders from customers for the capacity but had also fielded strong interest in Trident's “broader story across Asia.” That could include providing capacity to a broader range of markets in Southeast Asia including the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar. “There are a number of ways we could provide that capacity. Where possible we would look to invest in our own capacity, but there are lot of routes where an oversupply exists and we're willing to look at purchases or swaps on existing cables,” the new Asia head stated. Meanwhile, Trident CEO Alexis Pinto told CommsDay that a link between Asia and the west coast of Australia remained a strong part of its plans. Despite Vocus starting work on its Australia Singapore Cable project, Pinto said demand was growing so strongly that a second cable between Perth and Asia was now viable. “Traffic is growing exponentially and you're seeing strong demand from tier 1 content providers and a number of new datacentre properties moving ahead. What's happening across Asia and Australia is you’re starting to see demand from cloud services and new applications with new assets and investment coming into the region,” he said, adding that there was also a need for cable redundancy between the west coast and Asia. “Trident is a strong believer of the importance of enhanced connectivity between Australia and Southeast Asia – this remains at the very core of the company’s plan – and we are committed to the continuous development of building infrastructure networks in the region. We will be proactive in multiple markets, Asia being at the centre of the long-term strategy,” Pinto said. Trident has previously said that demand for premium network services had enabled it to secure capacity sales in excess of US$20 million for 2017 on the Stage 1 route.

13 Jan, 2017

Connect with Trident and Triasmitra at PTC’17

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Meet with Trident and Indonesian partner, Triasmitra, at PTC'17 in Hawaii from 15-18 January to get in early on our Singapore-Indonesia link! We're pleased to offer services for Stage 1 of Trident's Asia network between Singapore and Jakarta available in early 2017. Catch up with the Trident and Triasmitra teams to discuss capacity requirements, swaps and strategic partnership opportunities prior to go live – Meeting Cubicle #16, PTC Pavilion Coral 4 & 5, Hilton Hawaiian Village. The Pacific Telecommunications Council's annual conference is the Asia-Pacific's premier telecommunications event. The Conference provides all attendees with a three-day platform to focus on planning, networking, and discovering what the new year will bring. Kick off 2017 with us in tropical Hawaii! Contact events@tridentsc.com.au to book in a meeting.

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20 Dec, 2016

Trident and Triasmitra form strategic partnership to light up Singapore-Indonesia link

Trident and Triasmitra joint media release

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• Trident and Triasmitra have reached an agreement to own and operate a fibre optic telecommunications cable linking Singapore and Indonesia, which forms part of a broader network between Australia and Asia • Two fibre pairs of a 1,070 kilometre submarine and terrestrial cable asset between Singapore and Jakarta will be operational by April 2017, available on the Trident Subsea Cable system network • Points of presence in Singapore and Jakarta data centres with international colocation partners will be established to ensure ease of customer access Trident Subsea Cable (‘Trident’) and PT. Ketrosden Triasmitra (‘Triasmitra’) have entered into a strategic venture to own and operate a telecommunications cable asset connecting Singapore and Indonesia. The Trident Subsea Cable system is an independent, carrier-neutral fibre network specifically designed to enhance connectivity between Australia and Asia – this includes developing a subsea cable network throughout Southeast Asia. The system will be deployed under a staged approach. Stage 1 of Trident’s network development has commenced with the acquisition of two fibre pairs between Singapore and Jakarta from Indonesian cable deployer, owner-operator Triasmitra’s existing Jakarta-Bangka-Batam-Singapore (‘B2JS’) cable system. This development will see the official launch of Trident’s Asia network which will be operational and transacting with its first customers in April 2017. Significant demand for premium network services has enabled Trident to secure capacity sales in excess of USD20M for 2017 on the Stage 1 route. Completion of Stage 1 will drive immediate revenue for the company to progress subsequent stages of network development. Trident Chief Executive Officer, Alexis Pinto, said that the Trident Subsea Cable system had received strong support as a much-needed utility since data demand between Australia and Asia continues on a rapid upward trajectory. The nations of Southeast Asia, in particular, collectively form an economic powerhouse and are emerging as a key driver of future global prosperity – presenting a plethora of market opportunities. “Trident welcomes this exciting collaboration with Triasmitra; the complementary strengths and combined visions of both companies creates compelling commercial synergies for our customers and shareholders,” Mr Pinto said “Triasmitra has a proven track record in submarine and terrestrial fibre optic cable network infrastructure development and maintenance. With a number of domestic and international assets within Indonesia and surrounding regions, a skilled engineering workforce and close relationships with international carrier partners, Triasmitra brings significant value to Trident’s Asia network,” he said. “With Triasmitra’s support as a key development partner, we anticipate accelerated growth and reach for the establishment of Trident’s carrier-neutral, Asian-centric network.” Triasmitra Founder, Galumbang Menak, said: “Triasmitra has seen great success in Indonesia; the partnership with Trident offers an opportunity to extend our reach within the region and into international markets.” “The partnership brings together Triasmitra’s breadth of engineering capability with Trident’s strengths in strategic commercial development,” Mr Menak said. “We are working closely with Trident to deliver Stage 1 of the project and look forward to future opportunities of mutual benefit.”

20 Dec, 2016

Trident partners with Indonesia’s Triasmitra for new sub-cable capacity

As featured on www.commsday.com December 20th, 2016 - by Geoff Long

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Perth-based Trident Subsea Cable has fast-tracked its plans for connectivity between Indonesia and Singapore following a strategic venture with Indonesian cable operator and builder Ketrosden Triasmitra. Trident CEO Alexis Pinto told CommsDay the deal would bring forward its operating business in Asia by two years, while other proposed legs of the network are under construction. Trident has been one of a number of groups aiming to bring in new capacity between Perth and Singapore via Jakarta. Earlier this month Vocus announced that it had made a binding agreement with Alcatel Submarine Networks to build the Australia Singapore Cable, with work expected to begin in the new year. Pinto said Trident was still committed to the Australia-Jakarta-Singapore route, but under the new agreement there would be a greater immediate focus on Asia. He also noted that the company still had relationships in place with other partners, including cable operator Matrix. However, the commercial agreement with Triasmitra has now been prioritised. “The venture with Triasmitra is a strategic corporate decision and their existing business assets will enable us to activate a segment of the Trident Subsea Cable network as early as April 2017,” Pinto told CommsDay. “Trident is a strong believer of the importance of enhanced connectivity between Australia and Southeast Asia – this remains at the very core of the company’s plan – and we are committed to the continuous development of building infrastructure networks in the region. We will be proactive in multiple markets, Asia being at the centre of the long-term strategy.” Triasmitra is a major fibre operator and developer in Indonesia. It is part of a consortium including Moratelindo that is building the western section of the Indonesian government-backed Palapa Ring project that aims to fibre large parts of the nation. The deal with Trident will allow it to use Triasmitra's existing Jakarta-Bangka-Batam-Singapore “B2JS” cable system. Under the new plans, two fibre pairs on B2JS will form stage one of Trident's network deployment. It expects the official launch of Trident’s Asia network will be operational and transacting with its first customers in April 2017. The company said demand for premium network services had enabled it to secure capacity sales in excess of US$20 million for 2017 on the Stage 1 route. Completion of Stage 1 will then drive immediate revenue for the company to progress subsequent stages of network development. Pinto said Triasmitra had a proven track record in submarine and terrestrial fibre optic cable network infrastructure development and maintenance. “With a number of domestic and international assets within Indonesia and surrounding regions, a skilled engineering workforce and close relationships with international carrier partners, Triasmitra brings significant value to Trident’s Asia network,” he said. “With Triasmitra’s support as a key development partner, we anticipate accelerated growth and reach for the establishment of Trident’s carrier-neutral, Asian-centric network.” Triasmitra founder Galumbang Menak said the partnership with Trident offers the company an opportunity to extend its reach within the region and into international markets.“The partnership brings together Triasmitra’s breadth of engineering capability with Trident’s strengths in strategic commercial development,” Menak said. “We are working closely with Trident to deliver Stage 1 of the project and look forward to future opportunities of mutual benefit.” Meanwhile, Pinto told CommsDay that 2017 will see the launch of a series of initiatives in Trident’s cable development for the region – including for Australia. He also said that the company sees Indonesia as a hub for communication infrastructure development, with both Trident and Triasmitra committed to executing subsequent ventures in the near future.

02 Dec, 2016

Meet Trident Subsea Cable at Capacity Asia 2016

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Trident’s fibre optic subsea and terrestrial network offers the lowest latency path between Asia and Australia. In partnership with experienced, world-class operators Trident will deliver a high-speed, high-capacity cable system directly connecting Australia, Indonesia and Singapore. We're pleased to offer services for Stage 1 of Trident's Asia network between Singapore and Jakarta available in early 2017. Reach out to Trident's development team at Capacity Asia 2016 to discuss capacity requirements, swaps and strategic partnership opportunities prior to go live. Arrange a meeting via MeetMe or events@tridentsc.com.au Capacity Asia 2016 is the world's first event to unite the decision makers from Asia-Pacific's carrier community with the network strategists from the cloud service provider, data centre and OTT markets for two days of new business generation and critical industry discussion. The conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong from 6-7 December, We look forward to seeing you there!

14 Oct, 2016

Trident in force at Submarine Networks World 2016

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A number of Trident executive team members will be at Submarine Networks World 2016 to share latest updates during the project poster showcase, cable developer roundtable discussions and various meetings. The leading annual submarine communications conference runs from Monday 17 – Wednesday 19 October at Suntec Convention Center, Singapore. We look forward to seeing you there! Conference Day 1 - Monday 17 October: • 12:50-2:20pm SGT Cable Projects Poster Session • 3:20-4:00pm SGT Project Developer Roundtables *Note: Sign up onsite, limited to 10-15 delegates per table To find out more or arrange a meeting, please use the conference meeting portal or contact info@tridentsc.com.au

28 Jul, 2016

Trident Subsea Cable selects Equinix for Points of Presence in Australia, Singapore and Jakarta

Trident and Equinix joint media release

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New submarine cable will facilitate business and connectivity between Australia and Asia SYDNEY, Australia — July 28, 2016 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data centre company, today announced that its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres in Melbourne (ME1), Sydney (SY1), Singapore (SG3) and Jakarta (JK1) have been selected by Trident Subsea Cable for the cable’s Points-of-Presence (PoPs) in the Asia-Pacific region. Anticipated for completion in Q2, 2018, the Trident cable will provide customers with more resilient, lower latency connections and increased bandwidth, on the fastest, most direct path from Australia to Asia. Highlights/ Key Facts • Trident Subsea Cable is building a 28 Tbps bandwidth cable, using 100Gbps coherent DWDM technology upgradeable to 400Gbps technology in the future, which will connect Australia, Singapore and Jakarta. • The cable will have interconnection points in Equinix data centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and Jakarta, as well as a landing point in Perth, providing greater connectivity for businesses, content providers and communications network providers. • The PoPs will provide cross-connect opportunities for all Equinix customers colocated in SY1, ME1, SG3 and JK1 data centres. Trident will be the first submarine cable to establish a PoP in ME1 and JK1. • When fully operational, the Trident Subsea Cable will add to the rich system of submarine cables that connect Equinix’s customers globally within Equinix data centres, reaffirming Equinix’s network neutral value proposition. • The Trident cable will be able to leverage over 190+ networks in Equinix Singapore, 130+ in Sydney and 30+ in Melbourne to provide immediate access to their customers across the region. • This cable further augments the resilience of the Australian Internet landscape by providing a new route out of Western Australia up to Asia. • This will be the first submarine cable to connect to Equinix’s ME1 facility and fourth direct submarine cable to connect Quotes • Alexis Pinto, CEO, Trident Subsea cable: “We have selected Equinix for its rich, global network of provider-neutral data centres, and its strong footprint in Australia and Asia specifically. By establishing interconnection points in SY1, ME1, SG3 and JK1, we can provide easy and low-cost access to customers in all key capital cities across our network, as well as all the major carriers and cloud providers who are already part of the Equinix ecosystem.” • Jeremy Deutsch, Managing Director of Equinix Australia: “Trident is a great addition to the list of network service providers on offer in Equinix, and presents further connectivity options to our customers, particularly in Melbourne, where Trident is the first international submarine cable to establish a PoP in ME1. We’re proud to facilitate greater business opportunities between Australia and Asia and provide the gateway for local businesses to enter the Asian market.”

08 Jun, 2016

Trident to Locate Points of Presence with Global Switch as It Plans to Build Its Cable Network in the Asian Region

Trident and Global Switch joint media release

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Global Switch, one of the leading large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral, multi-tenanted data centre providers across Europe and Asia-Pacific has announced that Trident Subsea Cable (Trident), an international telecommunications infrastructure project designed to deliver high-speed and high-capacity connectivity between Australia and Asia, is to locate Points of Presence (PoPs) within Global Switch's data centres in Sydney and Singapore when it builds its cable network in the Asian region. Trident's cable network, anticipated to be 'Ready For Service' in mid-2018, will connect Singapore, Indonesia and Australia with some of the highest capacity optical fibre technology available once operational. With four fibre-pairs in total, each carrying multiple 100Gbps optical channels (wavelengths) and capable of being upgraded in future to 400Gbps optical channels, the Trident system is being developed to offer the raw bandwidth increasingly required by the fast-growing demand for Internet services and content hosted in the Asian region. The carrier-neutral Global Switch data centres in Sydney and Singapore are already widely recognised as being two of the most important connectivity hubs in the Asia Pacific region and beyond, hosting a vibrant and ever-expanding telecommunications and internet ecosystem. In Sydney, Global Switch recently commenced construction of the final stages of its Sydney East data centre following a pre commitment from a leading cloud provider. Demand for the new data centre has also come from a large number of leading multi-national companies requiring highly resilient and secure space for housing mission critical IT equipment, as well as the need to be collocated within Global Switch's network dense and low latency carrier environment. Global Switch Singapore hosts the network PoPs of all the major international telecommunications companies, and uniquely, a number of major submarine cable systems already land directly in the facility. Virtually all the leading internet services companies have a presence including ISPs, major content owners and distributors, web portals and online social media. Together with the presence of the Singapore Internet Exchange (SGIX), these organisations transform the Global Switch data centre in Tai Seng into a convergent connectivity hub, reaching out to all parts of the globe. Commenting on the agreement, Trident Subsea Cable's Chief Executive Officer, Alexis Pinto, said, "We are pleased to have agreed to locate PoPs within Global Switch's data centres as an important step towards our objective to build an independent open-access cable system, maximising the options for customers to connect directly to the infrastructure. "There is substantial anticipated growth in online content and traffic in Asia, and the desire to locate servers near some of the world's largest content developers in the region. By extending Trident's cable network into Global Switch's carrier neutral data centres in both Singapore and Sydney, Trident will be well positioned to meet the increasing demand from service providers for easy access to high capacity international connectivity." The Trident cable via Perth has been designed to offer the lowest latency 100Gbps-enabled path currently available between Australia and Asia. With an estimated round-trip delay of approximately 100ms between Sydney and Singapore, it will provide significant performance improvements over the much longer paths on cables from Sydney via Guam or Hawaii. Damon Reid, Global Switch's Managing Director in Sydney said "Global Switch provides large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral data centres in key locations and this agreement will give Global Switch customers even greater choice by providing direct access to Trident's network, with no additional backhaul costs, and an exceptional low latency path between Australia and Asia. Once built, the Trident network will be an important addition to the connectivity options already available to our customers in Sydney and Singapore"

03 Jun, 2016

Trident forges closer ties with Matrix for Perth-Singapore cable

As featured on www.commsday.com June 3rd, 2016 - by Geoff Long

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Trident Subsea Cable has inked a fresh deal with the owners of the Matrix Cable System – a submarine cable network between Indonesia and Singapore – that it expects will lead to increased capacity coming to the west coast of Australia. The deal was signed off at the CommunicAsia trade show in Singapore and will see the two groups share landing facilities and network operations as well as conduct joint sales and marketing activities. Trident previously had a conditional deal with Matrix – which is owned and operated by Singapore-based Matrix Networks and Indonesia's PT NAP Info Lintas Nusa (Napinfo) – that would allow it to connect its proposed Perth cable to a Matrix branching unit near Jakarta. Trident CEO Alexis Pinto told CommsDay that the new agreement will see the two groups work closer together as Trident prepares for the development phase of its subsea cable linking Perth, Jakarta and Singapore. Under the extended partnership, Trident will collaborate with Matrix through the shared use of network operations and Matrix’s landing facilities in Singapore, Batam and Jakarta. This will allow Trident to connect four fibre pairs from Perth to the Matrix branching unit near Jakarta, with two fibre pairs each then linking to Jakarta and Singapore. Pinto said finalisation of the Matrix deal was a key milestone for Trident as it moves towards final financing of the A$400 million project. “There are clear synergies between the two groups, with joint engineering presenting potential cost efficiencies and resulting products to benefit from the alignment of operational excellence,” he noted. Trident is one of three current proposals to build submarine capacity on the Perth-Jakarta-Singapore route. The other two projects are being advanced by a proposed Vo-cus/NextGen joint venture and the Bevan Slattery-backed SubPartners. “The partnership with Matrix means no new build is required to connect the network between Jakarta and Singapore – a significant advantage when compared with other cable proposals in the region, and allows us to tap into the growing demand for capacity in the South East Asia region,” Pinto added. “Ultimately, the partnership with Matrix delivers operational resilience for the routing of traffic between Australia and Indonesia.” Napinfo MD Junaidi Yap said the relationship with Trident had the potential to open up new two-way opportunities in both Australia and Southeast Asia. “We're looking to fulfil our vision and extend the Matrix cable with Trident to Australia. We believe a new commercial option will be welcomed by purchasers,” he said. Trident's submarine cable was first announced in 2013. As well as the links to Southeast Asia, it is also planning to land in the Northwest of Western Australia to connect oil and gas projects in the Pilbara region. Earlier this week Trident announced that former iiNet CEO David Buckingham and business development manager Greg Bader had joined the company's board as nonexecutive directors. It has also recently appointed Azure Capital for a $US70 million equity raising. Pictured from left to right: Junaidi Yap - Napinfo Managing Director, Alexis Pinto - Trident Subsea Cable CEO.

03 Jun, 2016

Trident partners with Matrix on Perth, Jakarta, Singapore subsea cable link

As featured on www.itwire.com June 3rd, 2016 - by Peter Dinham

Trident Subsea Cable has renewed its partnership with Matrix Networks — the operator of the Matrix Cable System with NAP Info Lin Nusa — as it progresses towards the development phase for its high-capacity fibre optic subsea cable linking Perth, Jakarta and Singapore. Under the extended partnership, Trident will collaborate with Matrix through the shared use of network operations and Matrix’s landing facilities in Singapore, Batam and Jakarta. The partnership allows Trident to connect four fibre pairs from Perth to the Matrix branching unit near Jakarta, with two fibre pairs each then linking to Jakarta and Singapore. Singapore-based Matrix Networks and Indonesian-based NAP Info Lintas Nusa (Napinfo) collectively operate the Matrix Cable System, a neutral international subsea fibre optic cable carrier servicing the Jakarta to Singapore route. Trident chief executive officer, Alexis Pinto, said: “I am pleased to reaffirm and extend Trident’s long-standing relationship with Matrix, and collaborate to achieve our objective of building the highest capacity, lowest latency fibre optic cable connecting Perth, Jakarta and Singapore. Together we are seeking to deliver next generation technology infrastructure to improve connectivity between Australia and South East Asia. “The partnership with Matrix means no new build is required to connect the network between Jakarta and Singapore – a significant advantage when compared with other cable proposals in the region, and allows us to tap into the growing demand for capacity in the South East Asia region.” Pinto said there are clear synergies between the two groups, “with joint engineering presenting potential cost efficiencies and resulting products to benefit from the alignment of operational excellence”. “In addition, the two businesses renewed the commitment to the partnership at the CommunicAsia conference this week, with our joint attendance further cementing the relationship. “Ultimately, the partnership with Matrix delivers operational resilience for the routing of traffic between Australia and Indonesia. We look forward to working with Matrix towards achieving this goal.” Napinfo’s managing director, Junaidi Yap, said the company was “looking to fulfil our vision and extend the Matrix cable with Trident to Australia. We believe a new commercial option will be welcomed by purchasers”. “The partnership aligns Matrix’s proven track record of delivering carrier neutral, high speed, high capacity, high quality links between Jakarta and Singapore with Trident’s objective to establish the highest quality network between Australia with South East Asia.” Yap said the relationship with Trident has the potential to open up two-way opportunities in both regions, where capacity demand is rapidly increasing. As reported by iTWire, just three days ago Trident appointed former iiNet chief executive officer David Buckingham and the telco’s former business business officer and chief technology officer Greg Bader, as non-executive directors. Announcing the appointments, Pinto said the two former telco executives would augment the company’s industry expertise, financial and corporate management, and “ability to scale into international markets as the company progresses towards construction phase to build a high capacity, fibre optic subsea cable linking Perth, Jakarta and Singapore”.

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02 Jun, 2016

Trident Subsea Cable extends strategic partnership with Matrix

Trident media release - June 2nd, 2016

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• Strengthening of long-standing relationship with project partner Matrix • Trident to share landing facilities and network operations across the Matrix Cable System • Planned subsea link from Perth to Matrix’s branching unit near Jakarta with two fibre pairs connecting to Singapore • Partnership includes joint engineering and cable development, and marketing of capacity to customers in South East Asia 2 June 2016: Trident Subsea Cable (‘Trident’) (‘the Company’) is pleased to announce the strengthening of its strategic partnership with Matrix Networks Pte. Ltd. and PT. NAP Info Lintas Nusa (together ‘Matrix’), the operators of the Matrix Cable System. The renewed partnership between Trident and Matrix allows for even greater collaboration as Trident progresses towards the development phase for its high capacity fibre optic subsea cable linking Perth, Jakarta and Singapore. Singapore based Matrix Networks Pte. Ltd. and Indonesian based PT. NAP Info Lintas Nusa (Napinfo). collectively operate the Matrix Cable System, a neutral international subsea fibre optic cable carrier servicing the Jakarta to Singapore route. Under the extended partnership, Trident will collaborate with Matrix through the shared use of network operations and Matrix’s landing facilities in Singapore, Batam and Jakarta. This will allow Trident to connect four fibre pairs from Perth to the Matrix branching unit near Jakarta, with two fibre pairs each then linking to Jakarta and Singapore. Trident’s Chief Executive Officer, Alexis Pinto, said: “I am pleased to reaffirm and extend Trident’s long-standing relationship with Matrix, and collaborate to achieve our objective of building the highest capacity, lowest latency fibre optic cable connecting Perth, Jakarta and Singapore. Together we are seeking to deliver next generation technology infrastructure to improve connectivity between Australia and South East Asia. “The partnership with Matrix means no new build is required to connect the network between Jakarta and Singapore – a significant advantage when compared with other cable proposals in the region, and allows us to tap into the growing demand for capacity in the South East Asia region. “There are clear synergies between the two groups, with joint engineering presenting potential cost efficiencies and resulting products to benefit from the alignment of operational excellence. In addition, the two businesses renewed the commitment to the partnership at the CommunicAsia conference this week, with our joint attendance further cementing the relationship. “Ultimately, the partnership with Matrix delivers operational resilience for the routing of traffic between Australia and Indonesia. We look forward to working with Matrix towards achieving this goal.” Commenting on the partnership, Napinfo’s Managing Director, Junaidi Yap, said: ”We're looking to fulfil our vision and extend the Matrix cable with Trident to Australia. We believe a new commercial option will be welcomed by purchasers. “The partnership aligns Matrix’s proven track record of delivering carrier neutral, high speed, high capacity, high quality links between Jakarta and Singapore with Trident’s objective to establish the highest quality network between Australia with South East Asia. This relationship has the potential to open up two-way opportunities in both regions, where capacity demand is rapidly increasing.” Pictured from left to right: Junaidi Yap - Napinfo Managing Director, Alexis Pinto - Trident Subsea Cable CEO.

02 Jun, 2016

Trident and Matrix Strengthen Ties

As featured on www.subseaworldnews.com June 2nd, 2016

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Trident Subsea Cable has strengthened its strategic partnership with Matrix Networks in regards to its fibre optic subsea cable linking Perth, Jakarta and Singapore. Singapore-based Matrix Networks and Indonesian-based NAP Info Lintas Nusa (Napinfo) are the operators of the Matrix Cable System, a neutral international subsea fibre optic cable carrier servicing the Jakarta to Singapore route. Under the extended partnership, Trident will collaborate with Matrix through the shared use of network operations and Matrix’s landing facilities in Singapore, Batam and Jakarta. This will allow Trident to connect four fibre pairs from Perth to the Matrix branching unit near Jakarta, with two fibre pairs each then linking to Jakarta and Singapore. Trident’s CEO, Alexis Pinto, said: “I am pleased to reaffirm and extend Trident’s long-standing relationship with Matrix, and collaborate to achieve our objective of building the highest capacity, lowest latency fibre optic cable connecting Perth, Jakarta and Singapore. Together we are seeking to deliver next generation technology infrastructure to improve connectivity between Australia and South East Asia. “The partnership with Matrix means no new build is required to connect the network between Jakarta and Singapore – a significant advantage when compared with other cable proposals in the region, and allows us to tap into the growing demand for capacity in the South East Asia region. “There are clear synergies between the two groups, with joint engineering presenting potential cost efficiencies and resulting products to benefit from the alignment of operational excellence. In addition, the two businesses renewed the commitment to the partnership at the CommunicAsia conference this week, with our joint attendance further cementing the relationship. “Ultimately, the partnership with Matrix delivers operational resilience for the routing of traffic between Australia and Indonesia. We look forward to working with Matrix towards achieving this goal.”

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02 Jun, 2016

Trident partners Matrix for Jakarta-Singapore cable link

As featured on www.telecompaper.com June 2nd, 2016

Trident Subsea Cable announced an agreement to wortk with Matrix Networks on facilities for its planned subsea cable linking Perth, Jakarta and Singapore. Singapore-based Matrix Networks and Indonesian company NAP Info Lintas Nusa are the operators of the Matrix Cable System, which connects Singapore and Jakarta. Under the partnership, Trident will collaborate with Matrix through the shared use of network operations and Matrix’s landing facilities in Singapore, Batam and Jakarta. This will allow Trident to connect four fibre pairs from Perth to the Matrix branching unit near Jakarta, with two fibre pairs each then linking to Jakarta and Singapore. The company also saves on costs, with no build required between Jakarta and Singapore.

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31 May, 2016

Trident taps former iiNet execs for submarine cable build

As featured on www.commsday.com May 31st, 2016 - by Geoff Long

Trident Subsea Cable has bolstered its board with the appointment of two key former iiNet staff: David Buckingham, who was CEO when iiNet was acquired by TPG last year, and former business development manager and CTO Greg Bader. Both new board appointees have also become investors in Trident, which is one of three companies vying to build new submarine cable capacity between Perth and Singapore via Jakarta. Buckingham and Bader have also held recent roles as adjunct advisors to Trident’s executive management and board. Trident CEO Alexis Pinto told CommsDay that the duo would provide strategic advice to the project. “Having people of the calibre of David Buckingham and Greg Bader on the board provides confidence, particularly as we're raising further equity,” he said. He added that Buckingham – who is now CFO at education provider Navitas – would focus on Trident's investment and growth plans. “Both Greg and David offer invaluable knowledge and distinct skill sets, having been part of the team that managed iiNet’s growth from a local ISP to a major national carrier. Greg’s understanding of the global ICT industry and role in the PPC-1 cable provides operational and business development expertise, and David’s financial and corporate management background and M&A experience will add firepower to the company’s funding program and overall corporate growth plans,” Pinto said. As previously reported in CommsDay, Trident has recently appointed Azure Capacity to seek US$70 million in additional funding through equity offerings. The funds will complement a US$122 million debt facility the firm has in place from Chinese backers to fund the estimated US$200 million project. Pinto said that Azure was already “well advanced” in the equity raising, which is expected to draw from a mix of infrastructure funds, construction firms and private equity. Azure had previously advised iiNet on its A$1.6 billion deal with TPG last year. Meanwhile, Pinto expressed confidence that the company was well placed to begin construction once the funding was finalised. He noted that Trident had in place all permitting for passing through and landing in Indonesia – a critical element in the route from Perth to Singapore. “One of our points of difference is that we have partnerships in place for Indonesia,” he said, noting that the two competing subsea cable projects would also have to negotiate arrangements to proceed. As well as Trident, a proposed Vocus/NextGen joint venture and the Bevan Slattery-backed SubPartners have announced plans for the Perth-Jakarta-Singapore route. All three have made recent announcements regarding the projects following delays to earlier schedules. Last month SubPartners announced that Telstra and Singtel had entered a memorandum of understanding with the company to buy, together with the other undisclosed partners, all the planned capacity on a revised APX-West Singapore to Perth link. The news followed an announcement late last year that Vocus and NextGen were teaming up to build the stalled Australia Singapore Cable, subject to due diligence and regulatory approvals.

30 May, 2016

Trident Subsea Cable strengthens Board with appointment of ICT industry leaders

Trident media release - May 30th, 2016

• Appointment of David Buckingham and Greg Bader as Non-Executive Directors • David formerly held Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer positions at iiNet • Greg formerly held Chief Business Officer and Chief Technology Officer positions at iiNet • Proven track record of achieving corporate and operational growth for companies in the global ICT industry 30 May 2016: Trident Subsea Cable (‘Trident’) (‘the Company’) is pleased to announce the appointment of experienced telecommunications industry professionals, David Buckingham and Greg Bader, as Non-Executive Directors of the Trident Board, effective immediately. David and Greg join Trident’s Board following their recent roles as adjunct advisors to Trident’s Executive Management and Board. The appointments will augment Trident’s industry expertise, financial and corporate management, and ability to scale into international markets as the Company progresses towards construction phase to build a high capacity, fibre optic subsea cable linking Perth, Jakarta and Singapore. David Buckingham joins Trident’s Board with more than 18 years’ experience in the domestic and global telecommunications sector, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer at leading telecommunications provider, iiNet, until November 2015 when the company was acquired by TPG Telecom. During his time at iiNet, David was instrumental in supporting the company’s transition to Australia’s second largest DSL broadband provider and an ASX200 major listed national and international telecommunications player through his ongoing focus on corporate development and M&A activity. David, who is currently the Chief Financial Officer at ASX-listed global education provider, Navitas Limited, also previously held the Chief Financial Officer position at iiNet and a number of senior financial roles at Virgin Media, the UK’s largest residential ISP and cable TV operator. Greg Bader joins the Company’s Board with more than 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry, having worked in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe for both telecommunications operators and vendors in a variety of senior project deployment and network operational roles. Most recently, Greg held the Chief Business Officer position at iiNet with responsibility to grow business revenue by building relationships, developing product and sales capability, and leading a team servicing local, national and international customers across all sectors. Prior to this role, Greg spent nine years as Chief Technology Officer at iiNet and led the deployment of Australia’s largest independent ADSL2+, VoIP and IPTV networks. In addition, Greg was part of the team at iiNet that invested in the PPC-1 subsea cable constructed between Sydney and Guam, the first independent cable project to be funded and built from Australia. Commenting on the appointments, Trident’s Chief Executive Officer, Alexis Pinto, said: “The Trident Board is pleased to welcome David and Greg as Non-Executive Directors at a critical stage of corporate and operational development. Trident’s ability to secure leading industry professionals of this calibre is testament to the Company’s strength and progress to date. “Both Greg and David offer invaluable knowledge and distinct skill sets, having been part of the team that managed iiNet’s growth from a local ISP to a major national carrier. Greg’s understanding of the global ICT industry and role in the PPC-1 cable provides operational and business development expertise, and David’s financial and corporate management background and M&A experience, will add firepower to the Company’s funding program and overall corporate growth plans. “Trident remains on track to deliver the highest capacity, lowest-latency fibre optic cable connecting Australia and Asia. We look forward to leveraging David and Greg’s experience and networks in the telecommunications sector, and expertise in financial and operational management, as we work towards this goal,” Mr Pinto added.

30 May, 2016

Buckingham, Bader named non-executive directors at Trident

As featured on www.telecompaper.com May 30th, 2016

Trident Subsea Cable announced the appointment of David Buckingham and Greg Bader as non-executive directors of the Trident Board, effective immediately. The two join Trident’s board following recent roles as adjunct advisors to Trident’s executive management and board. Buckingham joins Trident’s Board with more than 18 years’ experience in the domestic and global telecommunications sector, most recently as the CEO at iiNet, until November 2015 when the company was acquired by TPG Telecom. Currently the CFO at ASX-listed global education provider Navitas Limited, Buckingham also previously held the CFO position at iiNet and a number of senior financial roles at Virgin Media. Bader joins the Company’s Board with more than 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry, having worked in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe for both telecommunications operators and vendors in a variety of senior project deployment and network operational roles. Most recently, Bader held the chief business officer position at iiNet. Prior to this role, Bader spent nine years as Chief Technology Officer at iiNet and led the deployment of Australia’s largest independent ADSL2+, VoIP and IPTV networks.

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30 May, 2016

Trident hires David Buckingham and Greg Bader to its board

As featured on www.arnnet.com.au May 30th, 2016 - by Julia Talevski

Company remains on track to deliver highest capacity, lowest latency fibre optic cable between Australia and Asia Trident Subsea Cable has added former iiNet CEO, David Buckingham and iiNet chief business officer Greg Bader as non-executive directors to its board. In a statement, Trident said the appointments will augment its industry expertise, financial and corporate management, and ability to scale into international markets as it progresses towards construction phase to build a high capacity, fibre optic subsea cable linking Perth, Jakarta and Singapore. Trident CEO, Alexis Pinto, said the appointments come at a critical stage of corporate and operational development. “Both Greg and David offer invaluable knowledge and distinct skill sets, having been part of the team that managed iiNet’s growth from a local ISP to a major national carrier,” Pinto said. “Greg’s understanding of the global ICT industry and role in the PPC-1 cable provides operational and business development expertise, and David’s financial and corporate management background and M&A experience, will add firepower to the Company’s funding program and overall corporate growth plans.”

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30 May, 2016

Former iiNet execs join Trident board

As featured on www.itwire.com May 30th, 2016 - by Peter Dinham

Australian subsea cable network operator, Trident Subsea Cable, has appointed former iiNet chief executive officer David Buckingham and the telco’s former business business officer and chief technology officer Greg Bader, as non-executive directors. Buckingham (left) and Bader join the Trident board following their recent roles as adjunct advisors to the company’s executive management and the board. Trident chief executive officer Alexis Pinto says the appointments will augment the company’s industry expertise, financial and corporate management, and “ability to scale into international markets as the company progresses towards construction phase to build a high capacity, fibre optic subsea cable linking Perth, Jakarta and Singapore”. “The Trident Board is pleased to welcome David and Greg as Non-Executive Directors at a critical stage of corporate and operational development. Trident’s ability to secure leading industry professionals of this calibre is testament to the company’s strength and progress to date. “Both Greg and David offer invaluable knowledge and distinct skill sets, having been part of the team that managed iiNet’s growth from a local ISP to a major national carrier. Greg’s understanding of the global ICT industry and role in the PPC-1 cable provides operational and business development expertise, and David’s financial and corporate management background and M&A experience, will add firepower to the Company’s funding program and overall corporate growth plans. “Trident remains on track to deliver the highest capacity, lowest-latency fibre optic cable connecting Australia and Asia. We look forward to leveraging David and Greg’s experience and networks in the telecommunications sector, and expertise in financial and operational management, as we work towards this goal.” Buckingham joins the Trident board with more than 18 years’ experience in the domestic and global telecommunications sector. He was iiNet chief executive officer until November when the company was acquired by TPG, and is now the current chief financial officer at ASX-listed global education provider, Navitas. Buckingham also held a number of senior financial roles at Virgin Media, the UK’s largest residential ISP and cable TV operator. Bader joins the Trident board with more than 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry, having worked in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe for both telecommunications operators and vendors. As well as his most recent role as iiNet’s chief business officer, Bader spent nine years as the telco’s chief technology officer and led the deployment of the company’s ADSL2+, VoIP and IPTV networks.

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28 May, 2016

Trident claims subsea race lead

As featured on www.thewest.com.au May 28th, 2016 - by Nick Sas

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A Perth company in a three-way race to build a multimillion-dollar fibre optic internet cable between Perth and Singapore is claiming market leadership once again after securing funding and announcing the appointment of two well-known telco executives to its board. Trident Subsea Cable, which has been almost silent on the state of its project for about 12 months, announced this week it is working with Azure Capital on a $US70 million ($96.9 million) equity raising after securing $US122 million in debt funding from Chinese backers. Speaking to WestBusiness yesterday, Trident Subsea Cable chief executive Alexis Pinto said the company, which plans to build the 4200km cable from City Beach, through Jakarta to Singapore, hoped to have the raising wrapped up by the end of the financial year. Mr Pinto claimed Trident was the market leader in the the Perth to Singapore cable race, because its two competitors, a joint venture between Nextgen and Vocus Communications and Brisbane-based tech company Subpartners, have yet to secure landing rights in Indonesia. “Some people are calling it a race, but without landing rights you’ve really only got half a project,” Mr Pinto said. Subsea cables are critical for Perth internet users to gain access to internationally hosted websites. A new Perth to Singapore cable is needed because the existing cable is ageing and fault prone. All three contenders have had delays in their respective projects, with Trident claiming in August 2014 it was “two months away” from securing the funding. Trident yesterday announced a raid on iiNet’s former management team, appointing former iiNet chief executive David Buckingham and chief business officer Greg Bader to its board. Both Mr Buckingham and Mr Bader, who received $8.8 million and $8.7 million respectively following TPG’s takeover of iiNet, have invested in the project.

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23 May, 2016

Trident Subsea Cable hires Azure Capital for equity search

As featured on www.afr.com May 23rd, 2016 - by Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald, Joyce Moullakis

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Singapore-to-Perth cable hopeful Trident Subsea Cable is knocking on the doors of private equity firms and specialist infrastructure investors as it goes about raising equity for its slated project. Street Talk can reveal Trident is working with Perth boutique Azure Capital to raise about $US70 million and fill the equity portion of its $US200 million-odd new cable. It's understood the raising kicked off in recent weeks and the company is seeking to have the funding ready and construction commencing in coming months. Trident's pitch is about building a carrier-neutral data transmission cable, connecting Perth to Singapore via Western Australia's resource-rich north west and Jakarta. The company is seeking private equity support to build the cable without locking in a large client - such as a Telstra or SingTel - and selling a big chunk of its capacity on the cheap. The move mirrors a similar deal in Brazil, where Partners Group took a stake in the first direct subsea cable between New York and Sao Paulo. Another private equity firm, Cartesian Capital Group, took a similar stake in an Irish subsea cable last year. Trident, which recently secured a $US122 million debt facility, is locked in a three-way race to build the Perth-to-Singapore infrastructure, running up against Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan-backed NextGen and Bevan Slattery's APX West. Azure's role comes after it advised iiNet on the telecommunication company's $1.6 billion takeover last year. iiNet's former chief executive David Buckingham - now chief financial officer at Navitas - is believed to be an investor in Trident.

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22 Apr, 2016

Trident at ITW 2016

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Trident Subsea Cable will be attending the International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2016 conference in Chicago, Illinois, from 8-11 May 2016. ITW is one of the main annual meeting points for the global wholesale telecommunications community and provides a concentrated opportunity to network with customers, suppliers and partners. Now in its 9th year, ITW attracts the entire industry with participants from all areas of the wholesale community, mobile/wireless operators, ISPs, VoIP providers and technology partners from the voice, data, satellite, subsea and fixed-line markets. Trident executives will be happy to update you on the project’s status and discuss commercial opportunities. Please contact events@tridentsc.com.au today to arrange a meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

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15 Jan, 2016

Trident at PTC’16: Reimagining Telecoms

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Trident Subsea Cable will be attending the Pacific Telecommunications Council’s PTC’16 in Honolulu, Hawaii, from 17-20 January 2016. Now in its 38th year, the annual PTC conference is the Asia-Pacific's premier telecommunications event and a strategic springboard for the global telecommunications industry. This year’s theme “Reimagining Telecoms” lets us rethink and reimagine the possibilities in our modern telecommunications ecosystem. Trident looks forward to seeing you there!

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07 Sep, 2015

Trident at Submarine Networks World 2015

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Trident will be attending this year’s Submarine Networks World at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre from 8-10 September. As the largest annual conference for leaders in subsea communications, Submarine Networks World is the only platform where the industry’s elite gather every year to exchange knowledge, and present new and upgraded cable projects. Explore the strategy, innovation, technology and partnerships driving the growth of the global subsea cable community at this annual event. Contact events@tridentsc.com.au to arrange a meeting with the Trident team.

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31 Aug, 2015

Trident at Asian Carriers Conference 2015

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Trident will be attending this year’s Asian Carriers Conference (ACC) in Cebu, Philippines from 1-4 September. ACC is Asia’s premier telecommunications industry event attracting some 1,400 delegates from over 40 countries. This year’s theme is: “The Connected Digital Economy of Telecoms”. Continuing to pave the way for networking, collaboration and partnerships to further advance the Asian telecom industry, the 2015 Conference will provide delegates with top learning opportunities by assembling its most formidable line up of speakers to date. Trident is looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces, and making new opportunities.

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04 Aug, 2015

Trident Project Update at CommsDay Wholesale and Data Centre Summit 2015

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Trident Subsea Cable's Paul Brooks, Executive General Manager - Networks and Technology, was a speaker and international cable panellist at the CommsDay Wholesale and Data Centre Summit 2015 in July to provide an update on the Trident Project. Brooks noted that a distinct theme at the event this year was automation technologies: Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV). These promise to revolutionise networking in the same way that server virtualisation has revolutionised physical servers and data centre infrastructure. SDN and NFV add agile, programmable functionality to the underlying networks and communications infrastructure. This enables service providers to build customised solutions for customers more rapidly. However, these opportunities will only be possible if underlying physical connectivity - the optical fibres, radio networks and real estate - have been built which is the element being solved through the Trident Network. Read more about Trident and other Australian submarine cable activity featured at the CommsDay Summit in the next article below "West Coast cable race coming to an end?".

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16 Jul, 2015

West Coast cable race coming to an end?

As featured on www.commsday.com July 16th, 2015 - by Geoff Long

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Perth can expect a massive expansion of its submarine cable capacity in the next two years, with two potential new operators confident of finalising project financing this year. Speaking at the CommsDay Wholesale and Datacentre Summit in Sydney, representatives from both Australia West Express and Trident claimed both cables would complement each other, with one tapping demand from Asia and the other for markets in Africa and Europe. The need for a second cable on the West Coast as an alternative to the aging SEA-WE-ME-3 cable has long been recognised. While a number of players have been pushing plans for the last few years to build a new cable linking Perth to Singapore via Jakarta, the Australia West Express proposal came as a surprise when it was announced in March this year. Outlining the AWE plans in Australia for the first time, project director Gerald Tourgee told the summit audience that the cable would have landings in Perth and in Djibouti in the north-east of Africa. He said that Djibouti was a recognised meeting point for East-West cable systems and would provide capacity to both Europe and the Middle East by linking to existing cables, such as EIG, SEACOM, EASSy, SEAME-WE 3 and 4 and, in future, AAE-1 and SE-ME-WE-5. The planned system will have 10Tbps per fibre pair, with at least two fibre pairs planned and a third under consideration. Tourgee said one of the key advantages of the proposed system was that it would result in considerable latency advantages to Europe compared to competing systems on the East Coast. “We also believe it complements the cable systems currently being planned to come out of Perth and head to Singapore,” he suggested. “All of [these new cables] are going to make Australia a more vibrant place for doing business, a place where there is resiliency, a place where you can back up from issues without fear of bringing your commerce to a complete halt,” he said. He also suggested that one of the issues that had been holding back a new cable on the West Coast was the cost of domestic capacity in Australia. “As a person from the United States, I'm almost astounded by the cost of east-to-west transit capacity compared to what it costs in the United States. Because most of the population is on the east coast it's really held back the west coast to a significant degree,” Tourgee said. As well as the landing station in Perth, AWE is likely to have points of presence in both Perth and Sydney. Presale of capacity in 10Gbps and 100Gbps lots has already begun, with Tourgee planning a target date of December this year to have “contract in force.” He said a site for the landing was currently being selected and nominated Q1 2017 as the ready for service date. TRIDENT PLANS: Meanwhile, Trident CTO Paul Brooks told the Wholesale and Datacentre Summit that the company was just eight weeks away from getting “contract in force” status with cable vendor TE Subcom and unlocking the US$320m financing package pledged by the Chinese Beijing Construction and Engineering Group. “We've got our book-build for pre-sales, we've got enough pre-sales now to trigger the debt arrangements and we're really just waiting on the final legal agreements with the financiers,” Brooks said. “We're just about ready to build. It's a 24-26 month construction process, depending on where we fit in the queue of cables being manufactured. So this time in two years time we would hope to be somewhere close to a ribbon cutting ceremony and making some big announcements at that year's CommsDay wholesale forum.” Should Trident's cable go ahead as planned, it will likely force two rival groups to rethink their own plans for similar routes: NextGen Group's Australian Singapore Cable International and SubPartners' APX-West. All three submarine cable plans are well behind earlier proposed schedules, with Brooks noting that it has been tougher to sign customers with an existing cable in operation. However, he said the age of SEA-WE-ME 3 now meant that a new offering was more urgent. “It's effectively at capacity, it's full . . . so there absolutely needs to be a new cable through to Singapore. And ideally one needs to be built before SEA-WE-ME 3 gives up the ghost and stops operating completely,” he said. RISING CAPACITY: The two proposed west coast cables will also have to contend with new capacity coming online on the east coast. Last week Hawaiki Cable signed a multimillion dollar deal through SIL Long Term Holdings to build its trans-Pacific submarine cable linking Australia and New Zealand to the United States. In December last year the Tasman Global Access cable – backed by Spark, Vodafone and Telstra – announced that it was fully funded. Market Clarity CEO Shara Evans told the summit that there was now “extraordinary investment” being pumped into east coast cables. She calculated that while there was currently around 22Tbps of capacity out of Sydney, there would be an additional 117Tbps with all of the cables planned over the next two years. “That's a lot of new capacity. It's huge. But as fast as this capacity goes in it seems to get used. And frankly if I look out into the future I see a whole range of new demand drivers that could potentially utilise this capacity – much more than just Netflix on ultra high-definition,” Evans said. She pointed to areas such as robotics, augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence and 3D printing as future demand drivers.

17 Apr, 2015

Trident at ITW 2015

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Trident Subsea Cable will be attending the International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, from 10-13 May 2015. ITW is the annual meeting point for the global wholesale telecommunications community and offers various networking opportunities. It attracts the entire industry with participants from all areas of the wholesale community: tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3 carriers, mobile/wireless operators, ISPs, VoIP providers and technology partners from the voice, data, satellite, subsea and fixed-line markets. Trident welcomes any meeting requests to update you on the project’s status and discuss commercial opportunities. Contact events@tridentsc.com.au today to arrange a meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

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18 Dec, 2014

Trident at PTC’15: Networked Planet

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Trident Subsea Cable will be attending the Pacific Telecommunications Council’s PTC’15 in Honolulu, Hawaii, from 18-21 January 2015. Now in its 37th year, the annual PTC conference is the Asia-Pacific's premier telecommunications event and a strategic springboard for the global telecommunications industry. Trident welcomes any meeting requests to update you on the project’s status and discuss commercial opportunities. Contact events@tridentsc.com.au today to arrange a meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

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06 Oct, 2014

Trident at Submarine Networks World 2014

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Trident Subsea Cable will be attending Submarine Networks World in Singapore at the Raffles City Convention Centre from 13 to 15 October 2014. The conference – recognised as the leading subsea cable industry gathering in the world – is a platform for high-value networking and knowledge sharing among major global carriers and cable owners. Trident Chief Executive Officer Mark de Kock will present on 14 October to provide an overview and update on the Trident project, as well as host a project developer roundtable discussion. Contact events@tridentsc.com.au to arrange a meeting with the Trident team in our private room at the conference venue.

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05 Sep, 2014

Trident at Asian Carriers Conference 2014

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Trident Subsea Cable will be attending the Asian Carriers Conference (ACC) in Cebu, Philippines from 10 to 13 September. This year’s theme is “Discovering the Future of Telecom Carriers”. ACC is Asia’s premier telecoms industry event attracting some 1,400 delegates from over 40 countries. Now in its tenth year, the event continues to pave the way for networking, collaboration and partnerships that will further advance the Asian telecom industry. Get in touch with Trident to meet us there – info@tridentsc.com.au.

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19 Aug, 2014

Trident set to take Singapore link

As featured on The West Australian WestBusiness August 19th, 2014 - by Nick Sas

The company hoping to build a $400 million internet cable from Perth to Singapore - and through the Pilbara - says it is two months away from securing the funding to build the project despite already passing its June 30 deadline. In yet another chapter in the long-running race between three companies to build the crucial subsea link, Trident Subsea Cable chief executive Mark de Kock told _WestBusiness _ yesterday the company had "overwhelming support" from the industry for its proposal. Mr de Kock would not reveal the make-up of the funding arrangement, citing confidentiality, but said "all things going well" Trident would have a deal wrapped up by mid-October. Trident is proposing a 7000km multi-faceted cable on land, as well as underwater, to service the internet-poor Pilbara, the offshore oil and gas sector as well as Perth, Jakarta and Singapore, with space on the cable then sold to internet providers such as iiNet. "It's a large sum of money," Mr de Kock said. "We are dealing with large multinational com- panies - the process is pretty excruciating and delays do happen. "But we have the pre-sales (with internet providers) in the bag." He said other players in the race to build the cable had been "very quiet". In June, Bevan Slattery-backed SubPartners announced it had secured a US-based company to build its $200 million Perth to Singapore cable but as of yesterday was still searching for funding. NextGen, 30 per cent owned by Leighton Holdings, has the permits in place to build its $200 million Perth to Singapore cable. It has said publicly it hoped to have the funding by the end of the year. In May, NextGen announced it would build a $100 million submarine cable from Darwin to Port Hedland to service Inpex's Ichthys LNG project and Shell's floating Prelude project.

18 Aug, 2014

Trident Resources ICT Summit – championing a digital transformation for WA’s Pilbara region

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Trident Subsea Cable thanks all event partners, presenters and attendees for supporting the inaugural Resources ICT Summit last week – a demonstration of industry collaboration and commitment for improving the digital landscape of Western Australia’s North West to enhance opportunities for resources operators and regional communities. Held at the Pan Pacific Perth on Thursday 14 August, the event brought together leaders in mining, oil and gas, telecommunications and government to highlight and address Pilbara connectivity and ICT infrastructure needs. Many thanks to all speakers for their insightful, thought-provoking presentations, the engagement and active discussions among participants during the round table discussions, and the informative displays and expertise provided by event partners. The Summit stimulated important dialogue and facilitated valuable introductions as Trident and its partners continue to work closely with industry to develop an optimal fibre optic network and ICT solutions for the Pilbara. Trident acknowledges each of the following. Event partners: Fujitsu Australia, AT&T, iiNet, Optus, Orange and TE SubCom. Presenters: Senator Dean Smith (Australian Government), Paul Budde (BuddeComm), Marcus Ashby (Fujitsu Australia), Gavin Tully (TE SubCom) and Jim Wyatt (Optimi Digital).

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18 Aug, 2014

Trident edges closer to build stage of Perth-SG cable

As featured on www.commsday.com August 18th, 2014 - by Geoff Long

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Submarine cable startup Trident is two months away from formally financing its ambitious $400 million project to link Perth to Singapore via the resources-rich Pilbara region of Western Australia. The company has told service provider partners that it has enough pre-sales to get to “contract-in-force” by mid-October. Trident CEO Mark de Kock told CommsDay that the company had made significant progress in signing up carrier customers to its project, although at this stage it is not formally announcing any contracts. However, a number of service provider ‘partners’ have been working with Trident to push the benefits of connectivity to the Pilbara region, including iiNet, Optus and international players AT&T and Orange Business. The four carriers participated in a Trident-run event in Perth aimed at the state’s major resources companies, with senior representatives of the carriers telling CommsDay privately that there is major interest in seeing the project get up. “From our perspective it would be a major boost to connectivity in that area. At the moment there is only one carrier (Telstra) and we would love to see some competitive tension that would allow us to compete on a more equal footing,” one executive of a domestic carrier said. Another international carrier noted that it already had major multinational resources customers in the area, with the proposed cable allowing it to offer connectivity into its global network. Trident has also made a major decision to be the wholesaler of the infrastructure, after earlier toying with the idea of selling directly to enterprise customers. However, de Kock said it now made more sense to go through carrier partners. “We don’t anticipate being the end value-added service provider in this instance, but more or less being a foundation infrastructure provider,” he said. Trident is one of three groups aiming to build a new submarine cable link between Perth and Singapore, however it is the only one that is proposing a cable landing in the Pilbara. The other two proposed projects are Nextgen Group’s ASC cable and the APX-West system planned by the Bevan Slattery-led SubPartners. So far all three projects have said they are continuing. However, there is widespread belief that only one cable will get up, making it essential to get first mover advantage. According to de Kock, Trident has also ticked off a number of other significant milestones in the last weeks including performance testing of its existing Singapore-Jakarta link, which it has in place through a partnership with the Matrix submarine cable. The performance testing was done by cable partner TE Subcom and was one of the contract preconditions for the submarine build. It also means its marine contract is “locked down,” according to the company. Trident has also enlisted Fujitsu to design and build one of two planned data centres in the Northwest of the state, and CommsDay can reveal that Fujitsu will also be the anchor tenant of the Karratha data centre facility. As well as the data centre, Fujitsu is the turnkey systems integrator for the submarine cable, which will land at its Perth data centre. Fujitsu GM for managed services business development Marcus Ashby said that the company was looking to deliver a range of future services to mining and resources companies in the area, and he said that there was a definite need for a data centre facility in the region. “I’d like to see that Karratha DC and our Malaga DC become an innovation hub and a digital engine to deliver services, not only to the Northwest of Western Australia but to the rest of the world. There is no reason why little old WA can’t become a digital powerhouse,” Ashby said. “We need projects like Trident to extend those communications up into the Pilbara and out into the ocean . . . for those people up there. There is no reason why they can’t have the benefits of all of our global research and development. But we need that pipe – it’s absolutely critical.” FUTURE PLANS: As well as the main project, Trident has already started planning for a new stage of the network that would add a fibre loop to the many oil and gas rigs in the Carnarvon Basin. Speaking at the event in Perth, de Kock said that just before the main cable lands in Onslow, it will have a branching unit that is designed so that in future an oil and gas fibre optic loop can run through the Carnarvon Basin and on to Port Hedland. A similar scheme has already been used by TE Subcom in the Gulf of Mexico to provide greater reliability in the hurricane-prone region.

18 Aug, 2014

Trident finds a government champion

As featured on www.commsday.com August 18th, 2014 - by Geoff Long

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Trident’s plan to build a submarine cable between Perth and Singapore via the Pilbara resources region has found an ally in Federal Liberal senator for Western Australia Dean Smith. Speaking at a seminar in Perth, Smith said he planned to champion the company’s project among the government sector in Canberra. The senator is no newcomer to the telecommunications sector, having previously headed up government affairs for SingTel Optus in the Sol Trujillo era. He also currently chairs the government’s backbench communications committee and its energy and resources backbench committee. “Some projects need champions but Canberra is a far away place, particularly from Perth but it’s especially far away from the Pilbara. Which is quite remarkable when we think about the tremendous wealth that part of the region has provided, not just for Western Australia but for our whole country,” Smith said to an audience of carriers and resource sector companies. “It takes leadership and a long term vision to establish the infrastructure needed to ensure prosperity into the future. Sometimes that will come from governments, but just as often it will not. That is why I find the investment that Trident is making in building a state of the art fibre optic network to link Perth and the Pilbara region to Southeast Asia so very exciting and necessary.” Smith noted that continued improvements in productivity would require sensible investment and cooperation between governments and the private sector. However, he said there was a need to look beyond the NBN and he also said there was a need to champion the cause of Western Australia. “The fact that Western Australia is currently relying on a single 15-year-old cable with an uncertain shelf life as its primary communications link to Asia is, from my perspective, an unacceptable degree of risk and limits our opportunities for growth,” said Smith. “Telecommunications infrastructure needs to be more than simply the NBN. And I’ve never been of the view that government has a monopoly on wisdom in the telecommunications area. I believe the Trident project represents an enormously exciting project for Western Australia and the fact that it is being driven by the private sector rather than government is a critical element to its attractiveness and its future success.” Trident has also been supported at a state government level. The Western Australian government has previously committed to support the project by providing assistance in obtaining the various permits and approvals on the Australian side of the project. The Pilbara Development Commission has also been working closely with the company to identify local demand. Smith said that while he didn’t champion every project that came across his desk, he would now raise awareness of the potential infrastructure in Canberra. “I’m very much looking forward to drawing attention to my parliamentary colleagues in Canberra . . . the enormous economic potential this project will offer to Western Australia and indeed to our whole nation,” he said.

01 Aug, 2014

Resources ICT Summit - Thursday 14 August 2014

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Trident is proud to host the inaugural Resources ICT Summit on Thursday 14 August at the Pan Pacific Perth to discuss Pilbara connectivity challenges and opportunities among mining, oil and gas, and government sectors. Trident Subsea Cable and our world-class partners cordially invite you an exclusive and unique event – the inaugural Resources ICT Summit. We are gathering CIOs, CTOs and key decision makers from the resources sector, together with industry experts and government influencers, to address high-level connectivity challenges and explore ICT opportunities across mining, oil and gas operations in Western Australia’s North West. For more information contact events@tridentsc.com.au

Event Invitation: Resources ICT Summit - Thursday 14 August 2014

09 Jul, 2014

Trident at Mining the Pilbara Conference 2014

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Trident Subsea Cable Executive General Manager - Networks and Technology, Paul Brooks, will be presenting at this year’s Mining the Pilbara Conference. Paul will provide an update on Trident’s terrestrial and subsea telecommunications infrastructure project set to improve the availability, reliability and speed of connectivity for Pilbara miners and North West Shelf oil and gas operators. The event runs from 9-10 July in Port Hedland, Western Australia.

View the conference agenda.

22 May, 2014

West Coast showdown: submarine rivals jostle

As featured on www.commsday.com May 22nd, 2014 - by Petroc Wilton

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The three submarine rivals racing to build a new cable between Perth and Singapore via Indonesia have gone head-to-head in public at CommsDay’s Australasia Submarine Cable and Bandwidth Forum. Competitive tensions crackled as SubPartners founder Bevan Slattery, Trident CEO Mark de Kock and ASC board advisor Steve Liddell each took their turn at the podium to reel off their latest project milestones, with the fierce contest now approaching the final straight. But with SubPartners announcing a new Perth-Sydney subsea link plan, de Kock talking up a new deal with an infrastructure player to bring in a link across the Nullarbor, and ASC brandishing the national backbone network of parent the Nextgen Group, the focus was as much on each project’s trans-Australia capabilities as on the Perth-Singapore cables themselves. SUBPARTNERS: SubPartners co-founder Bevan Slattery concentrated on the details around his new APX-Central subsea route between Perth and Sydney, first revealed by CommsDay, which will link his other planned Perth-Singapore and Sydney- US cables. He said the system would have branching units to South Australia, Melbourne and Hobart. “The goal is that Subpartners is going to become a new interstate capacity provider,” said Slattery, adding that one of the four fibre pairs on the 5,300km system was “reserved for a relationship, whether it’s a swap or a sale, to an existing capacity owner to provide redundancy and diversity.” “The primary focus of this is to assist APXWest and East... and in addition to provide additional capacity and resilience to existing [terrestrial].” Slattery also noted that the latency on the system would be almost identical (within 10ms) to that of a terrestrial system linking the same point, because it would not need to traverse major terrain features like rivers. Other key advantages for the new cable, he added, would be that it was physically far removed from existing terrestrial routes – ensuring diversity and resilience – would provide a secure direct light path between capital cities, and would be protected from unlawful interception or malicious interference through its deep-water deployment. Slattery also updated the audience on the progress of the APX-West cable planned between Western Australia and Singapore. “We’ve executed the supply agreement, funding secured... the majority of the spectral capacity’s already allocated,” he said, adding that the firm had also made its permit submission to Indonesia’s SEACOM and had the Singapore permit process well underway, had had an Australian protection zone permit granted in March this year and was expecting Australian Communications and Media Authority installation permits no later than this August. “We’ve got a series of key cornerstone clients. Central is almost locked to go, West is very close behind; the important part is that our customers can take a pure optical path all the way from Singapore through to Sydney,” Slattery added. ASC: Liddell, for his part, reminded the audience that ASC had the significant fiscal backing of majority owner the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and had completed all the time-consuming administrative components of its own project. “Phase 1 is complete; that includes all the marine surveys, all the licensing, all the permitting, all of the landing station construction; it’s all done. Phase 2 is about to commence, and that’s where all our cables are manufactured by Alcatel-Lucent, and laid by [them],” he said. “Right now, ASC is signing up pre-commitment customers with the expectation of commencing Phase 2 construction, with a ready-for-service date of mid to late 2015 – just one year away.” But Liddell, too, focused on his project’s trans-Australia assets – via the existing Nextgen terrestrial network. “What I’d really like to concentrate is the fact that ASC connects directly into an existing terrestrial, low-latency, trans-continental network between Perth and [the east coast] Australia; it provides a POP to POP service all the way from key datacentres in Jakarta all the way over to the east coast in Sydney, and all the other major Australian cities. That’s a huge advantage; and a POP-POP model is, I think, going to make so much sense,” he said. TRIDENT: De Kock, in turn, reiterated some key advantages for his own project, such as being able to use existing capacity on the Jakarta-Singapore leg via its partnership with Matrix Networks – obviating the need for a good deal of permitting and build work – its plans to link terrestrially to the Pilbara, and support from the Western Australian government. Like Liddell and Slattery, he acknowledged the importance of trans-Australian capacity – but said that Trident had it covered. “We’ve done a deal with one of the three owners of infrastructure across the Nullarbor – I’m not allowed to name them – so we have a solution for our customers,” he said. “Our price point across the Nullabor won’t be materially different from what some of our competitors can provide [and] we’ll be able to break out capacity in all the major population centres in 10Gbps increments; it’s a great deal for us and it’s a very important piece of the puzzle.” De Kock also took the opportunity to note that ASC’s route map for its recently announced North West Cable System between Port Hedland and Darwin had shown a connection between Perth and Port Hedland. “As far as I know, there’s no funding or project planning in place for that cable section – so we’re very pleased that Nextgen announced a cable system between Darwin and Port Hedland, because their customers will want to go down to Perth, and we’ll provide a competitive solution together with our friends at Telstra!” he quipped. De Kock went on to list some of Trident’s own milestones. “The marine investigative studies are finished, the terrestrial route surveys are finished, the contract of the submarine portion has been awarded to TE Subcom,” he said. “We are now finalising our final documentation with the banks, we have enough pre-sales to get a contract in force subject to due diligence and credit rating approval... there’s an equity round, our current investors are likely to fill the equity round... to get us over the line financially... we have sufficient pre-sales in the bank, but we’re still pre-CIF, so we’re still chasing customers that are interested!”

01 May, 2014

Meet Trident at ITW 2014 in Chicago

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The International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2014 runs from the 11 - 14 May in Chicago. ITW is an event for the entire industry with participants from all areas of the wholesale community: Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 carriers, mobile / wireless operators, ISPs, VoIP providers and technology partners from the voice, data, satellite, sub-sea and fixed-line markets. ITW 2013 attendee statistics showed there were 5,792 delegates from 1,846 companies and 146 countries. We welcome any opportunities to meet with ITW delegates. Contact us on tridentsc@tridentsc.com.au today to arrange a meeting.

View the invitation to meet Trident

18 Apr, 2014

Trident sponsors The 500 Club's Malcolm Turnbull luncheon

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The Trident team were sponsors at The 500 Club's Malcolm Turnbull luncheon held recently in Perth. It was a successful lunch with the Federal Minister for Communications Hon. Malcolm Turnbull addressing the guests. The 500 Club is a group of over 600 like-minded people of influence and integrity, that deeply care about the political state of both Western Australia and the nation. Independent of any political party, The 500 Club continues to raise funds for strategic activities for conservative politics.

View the letter of recommendation from The 500 Club CEO in relation to Trident's support and photos from the Malcolm Turnbull luncheon.

07 Apr, 2014

$400m Trident's subsea cable proposal

As featured on www.businessnews.com.au April 7th, 2014 - by Shanna Crispin

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Trident targets June cable deal Trident Subsea Cable has targeted June as the crucial point for a decision on the future of a second submarine cable linking Perth with Asia. The company has told Business News it is confident it will secure funding for its $400 million proposal and enter a binding contract with its subsea construction partner by June 30. Trident has partnered with TE SubCom – a subsidiary of $US12 billion US-based company TE Connectivity – for the subsea construction, while Fujitsu will manage the on-land construction. Chief executive Mark de Kock said desktop studies had been completed and the project had entered the due diligence phase for debt funding through the Beijing Engineering and Construction Group, which has agreed to invest $320 million. Once due diligence was completed and funding confirmed, the contract with TE SubCom would become binding and construction would begin. At that point, he said it wouldn’t make commercial sense for rival companies Australian Submarine Cable and SubPartners – which are progressing similar projects – to continue with their plans. “We’ve seen less activity from the other two competitors in the marketplace over the last few months” Mark de Kock said. “I don’t know whether they’re concerned with our rapid pace of development … but the consortium which achieves contract in force first – meaning manufacturing or construction started – would be the inflection point where, logically, you’d anticipate that whoever is not first would can their project.” Trident has worked quickly to get to this point, having been the last player to enter the market, with its proposal to build a submarine communications cable from Perth to Singapore via Jakarta announced in August last year. The Trident plan also includes building a terrestrial cable from Perth to Onslow, Karratha and Port Hedland, which Ausdrill subsidiary Diamond Communications would help construct. It has obtained permits in Indonesia through a partnership with Matrix Systems and is due to seek permits for the Australian territory. The other players in the race haven’t backed off, however, and are still talking up the bona fides of their proposals. Nextgen Group subsidiary Australian Submarine Cable is also planning to reach final investment decision on its project in the coming months. A company representative told Business News it was locking down firm customer commitments as part of its board approval and believed it was 12 months ahead of competing projects. Meanwhile, Bevan Slattery’s SubPartners is the third company progressing a cable bid. It’s in the process of obtaining approval and permits in Australia, Singapore and Indonesia and is planning to have the cable ready for service by June 2015. ASC also plans to have its cable completed by the middle of next year while Trident expects project completion in the fourth quarter 2015.

19 Mar, 2014

Trident capitalises on transmission demand growth

As featured on www.oilgasgazette.com.au March 19th, 2014

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Trident Subsea Cable will be at this year's APPEA Conference & Exhibition looking to establish a network with which to capitalise on the international data transmission demand growth between Australia and South East Asia. The company is aiming to plan, develop, finance, construct and operate a new, state-of-the-art fibre optic subsea cable linking Perth, the Pilbara, Jakarta and Singapore to service oil and gas customers in the North West Shelf and beyond. The North West Shelf region boasts some of the world’s largest resource industry operations and highest committed capital expenditure projects, BHP Billiton’s (BHP) Macedon gas plant, Woodside’s (WPL) North West Shelf project and proposed Browse development and Chevron’s Wheatstone and Gorgon liquefied natural gas projects among them. Each project has its associated infrastructure and telecommunications needs, which Trident intends to address as its primary objective. The Trident project is a $400 million optical fibre cable system that will connect Perth with Jakarta and Singapore, with important "loops" into the onshore and offshore Pilbara. This will involve construction of a new submarine cable from Perth to Onslow and onward - via a branching unit (BU) - to Indonesia, where it will join an existing operational submarine cable known as Matrix. BUs will be installed on the new section of the cable off Onslow, Australia and south of Sundas Straight, Indonesia. The data centres will be connected via three main transmission route sections, including a subsea section and terrestrial section. The terrestrial link will be constructed from Perth to Onslow, Karratha and Port Hedland following the North West Coast Highway. This route will interconnect at Onslow with the subsea section and form a terrestrial ring and be called the Southern Trident ring. The company is also evaluating expansion via passive subsea contracts servicing existing and future LNG service platforms, and terrestrially into the eastern Pilbara. Part of the Pilbara system will involve an offshore cable loop built through the Carnarvon Basin. Trident entered into a strategic partnership with Fujitsu in August 2013 for the delivery and management of the cable network solution and has an agreement in place for debt funding for 80% of the project capital expenditure with Beijing Construction Engineering Group International, backed by the Chinese Development Bank. The company, headed by chief executive officer Mark de Kock and chief operating officer Chris Waters, will have a booth at the APPEA Conference and Exhibition this year. Trident will be located at booth #6 in the exhibition hall, which will showcase innovative technologies and the latest advances in oil and gas exploration, development and production established by over 200 companies. Last year the conference attracted more than 3,500 attendees from more than 30 countries. APPEA will run from April 6-9 2014.

14 Mar, 2014

Tribute message

The Trident team wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and colleagues of Ms Haulain (Happy) Zhang of China Telecom and to all those on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

03 Feb, 2014

Trident shown on Telegeography interactive map

As featured on www.news.com.au February 3rd, 2014

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This map shows where the world's internet cables go. YOU are probably reading this on your phone on some wireless connection right now, but that data had to physically come from somewhere. So how does it all connect? Through undersea cables, of course. This map created by TeleGeography shows where every cable comes from and where it connects. Interestingly, every cable in Australia comes into Sydney or Western Australia, while if you take a look at Southern Asia and Europe, it looks like a complete jumble of cables going and coming from every direction. Australia also feeds New Zealand two out of three internet cables. If you really love your maps, you can even order a print for $US250 to hang in the office. So it shows that supplying the world with a digital connection actually involves a lot of complicated infrastructure. Take a moment to look at this interactive map and truly appreciate the marvel of your tweet travelling along those cables for the world to see in a split second.

View the TeleGeography interactive map showing the Trident Subsea Cable linking Singapore, Jakarta to Perth and the Pilbara.

14 Jan, 2014

Trident team attended PTC Hawaii

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The Trident team attended this year’s Pacific Telecommunication Conference (PTC). PTC’s annual conference is the Asia-Pacific's premier telecommunications event. The annual conference is a strategic springboard for the global telecommunications industry, providing all attendees with a three-day forum to focus on planning and networking. The event in Hawaii attracts over 1500 registered delegates and at the conference there is over 3000 attendees doing networking and attending specialist sessions. Trident registered as a gold sponsor that allowed the industry to be aware of the company's international specialty in supporting the South East Asia route and the Carnarvon Basin off Western Australia. The team enjoyed the conference and it's value in networking, sales opportunities, and the promotion of the company with others in the industry.

26 Dec, 2013

New Investor & Partner for Trident Subsea Cable

As featured on www.subseaworldnews.com December 26th, 2013 - by Subsea World News Staff

Diamond Communications, a subsidiary of mining services company Ausdrill, will invest in Trident Subsea Cable, Australian fibre cable provider. Apart from an undisclosed investment amount, which is said to be used as working capital to accelerate a new submarine cable network in Western Australia, Diamond Communications will be directly involved in the implementation as a strategic designer and construction partner. The partnership will involve construction of a fibre optic telecommunications network between Perth and the Pilbara. According to Trident CEO Mark de Kock the project realization is set to begin early 2014, when the company’s technology partners for the submarine cable build will be announced. The project entails both submarine and terrestrial network legs that will link Perth to the Pilbara and subsequently to Jakarta and Singapore. Two landing points, which will be used to service major mining projects in the state, are envisaged in the Northwest: in Onslow and Karratha. The company has established a partnership with existing submarine cable player Matrix Networks, under which Matrix will provide two fibre pairs on its cable as well as two branching units on the system.

20 Dec, 2013

Ausdrill to invest in Trident’s WA sub cable

As featured on www.commsday.com December 20th, 2013 - by Geoff Long

CommsDay can reveal that ASX listed mining services company Ausdrill has become an investor in new Western Australian submarine cable play Trident Subsea Cable and will also become directly involved in the project, through its subsidiary telco construction firm Diamond Communications. Trident is believed to have now shored up its financing for the project, with a recent round of fundraising among institutional investors oversubscribed. Trident and Ausdrill have entered into a partnership for the construction of a fibre optic telecommunications network between Perth and the Pilbara – one of two routes that Trident is currently preparing. The other is an international submarine cable that will link Perth to Indonesia and Singapore via the Pilbara resources area. Diamond Communications, which has previously built networks for a number of major infrastructure projects in the West, including long-haul fibre for Telstra, will be Trident's strategic designer and construction partners for domestic activity in Western Australia. Meanwhile Ausdrill's investment for an undisclosed amount will be used as working capital to accelerate the project, the companies said. “We are very excited to be involved in this project, which will provide the mining and energy sectors with much needed commercial availability of high capacity, high security and high availability telecommunications connectivity from the Pilbara to Perth,” said Ausdrill MD and founder Ron Sayers. Sayers started Ausdrill in 1987 with a single drill rig operating from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. It is now an ASX 200 company employing more than 6000 across nine countries, and more recently has stated its aim to diversify into non-mining areas. Trident CEO Mark de Kock said Ausdrill had a track record of partnering with local businesses for international projects. “The commencement of terrestrial surveys by Diamond Communications is truly a major milestone for the project and reflects Trident’s collaborative model with our local partners. Through our Perth office we can assure the project realisation commencing in early 2014.” TRIDENT PROGRESS: Meanwhile, Trident executive director and deputy CEO Alexis Pinto told CommsDay that the company has made a number of other significant advances in the US$400 million cable system that will link Perth to Singapore via the Pilbara resources sector. He said the funding of the project was on track, with the Ausdrill investment, a US$320 million financing deal previously announced with Beijing Construction and Engineering Group as well as a recent investment round locally that was oversubscribed. The company has also booked $135 million in presales for the project. Pinto also noted that the company has just been granted “lead agency status” by the Western Australia Department of State Development, which is given to projects where the proposed investment is significant or of strategic importance to the state. He said the status, which can help streamline government interactions and statutory approvals, was in recognition of the role it would play in providing connectivity to the Western Australian resources sector. Trident is currently setting up its national project office in Western Australia alongside Fujitsu Australia, which is Trident's strategic delivery partner for the project. Fujitsu will provide the delivery office and project management office and has also made plans to enhance its cloud and managed service offerings in the state via the Trident system. The cable itself is planned to run directly to Fujitsu's state-of-the-art data centre in Perth. The Western Australian government sees the project as beneficial to the resources sector, particularly with many oil and gas projects due to commence production and companies needing to boost their productivity to stay competitive against international resources and energy players. The project comprises both submarine and terrestrial network legs that will link Perth to the Pilbara and then internationally to Jakarta and Singapore. A subsea fibre ring will also be built around key oil and gas projects around the North West Shelf in Western Australia. The project will have two landing points in the Northwest, one in Onslow and another in Karratha, which will be used to service major mining projects in the state. The company has a partnership with existing submarine cable player Matrix Networks, which covers the critical Jakarta-Singapore leg. The deal with Matrix will provide it with two fibre pairs on its cable as well as two branching units on the system, while Matrix will also use capacity on the coming link from Jakarta to Perth. According to Pinto, Trident is well advanced in the design work for integrating its system with the Matrix network. The company is yet to announce its technology partners for the submarine cable build, but an announcement is expected sometime before mid-January.

20 Dec, 2013

Trident and Ausdrill start WA network project

As featured on www.cmo.com.au - by Shuna Boyd, www.cio.com.au, www.computerworld.com.au, prwire.com.au December 20th, 2013

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Western Australia's mining and energy sectors will have access to high capacity, high security telecommunications connectivity from Perth to the Pilbara thanks to a partnership between two local businesses. Trident Subsea Cable has named Diamond Communications, wholly owned subsidiary of ASX-listed mining services company Ausdrill (ASX:ASL), as strategic designers and construction partners for domestic activity in Western Australia as part of an international and domestic telecommunications project. The partnership is for the construction of a state-of-the-art fibre optic telecommunications network between Perth and the Pilbara. Trident Chief Executive Officer Mark de Kock said Ausdrill was an exceptionally successful WA-based company with a track record of partnering with local businesses on international projects. “Ausdrill has remained competitive by diversifying its service offerings to meet the needs of their customers and has proven its capabilities across a range of activities. The company has recognised and capitalised on opportunities available through major projects in the resources sector and beyond, both locally and internationally," Mr de Kock said. "The commencement of terrestrial surveys by Diamond Communications is truly a major milestone for the project and reflects Trident’s collaborative model with our local partners. Through our Perth office we can assure the project realisation commencing in early 2014.” Ausdrill Managing Director Ron Sayers said Diamond Communications had made an investment in Trident to be used as working capital to accelerate the project. “This win demonstrates what market diversification and improved industrial capability can achieve. It shows that WA-based companies have the people and the expertise to take on the best in the world,” Mr Sayers said. "Ausdrill is very excited to be involved in this project which will provide the WA mining and energy sectors with much needed commercial availability of high capacity, high security and high availability telecommunications connectivity from Perth to the Pilbara.” About Trident Trident Subsea Cable (Trident) is a $400 million Australian project that is responsible for the planning, development, financing, construction and operations of the first, purpose-built fibre optic subsea cable linking Perth, the Pilbara, Jakarta and Singapore. The network design is an underwater link to connect Perth, via Onslow in the Pilbara and Jakarta in Indonesia, to Singapore; the onshore connection from Perth through to Port Hedland; and a subsea cable loop around the North West Shelf. Trident will offer direct network access and scalable bandwidth capacity through its partnership with national and international communications carriers. The Pilbara and North West Shelf areas boast some of the world’s largest resource industry operations and capital expenditure projects. Each project has extensive infrastructure and telecommunications needs. The $400 million fibre optic network project will build Australian efficiency in the highly competitive global oil, gas and resources market by meeting the substantial demand for resilient, cost-effective, high volume data transmission. For more information, please see www.tridentsc.com.au About Ausdrill Ausdrill (ASX:ASL) is a diversified mining services company. Since its formation in Kalgoorlie in 1987, Ausdrill has grown significantly and now has operations across Australia, Africa and the United Kingdom. Ausdrill is a leader in providing services in contract mining, grade control, drill & blast, exploration, mineral analysis, procurement & logistics and manufacturing. The Ausdrill Group employs over 5,000 staff worldwide. Please see www.ausdrill.com.au.

18 Dec, 2013

Fujitsu Delivers Q1 Milestone Design Studies for Trident’s $400 Million Fibre Link to S-E Asia

As Featured on www.cio.com.au, www.prwire.com.au, and www.whatech.com, December 18th, 2013

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Trident Project to underpin WA’s oil and gas sector with first, purpose-built fibre optic subsea cable linking Perth, the Pilbara, Jakarta and Singapore. A Master Services Agreement was signed in September under which Fujitsu, as Head Delivery Contractor, is responsible to Trident for the design and management of the project. Mark de Kock, Chief Executive Officer of Trident, said: “We started the Trident project in 2012 with a plan to build an international data centre in the Pilbara. The signing of the Master Services Agreement with Fujitsu was a momentous occasion for us; it is great to see activity well under way on the delivery an integrated, single network model between the three countries.” Within the first quarter milestone, Fujitsu has delivered the scoping phase studies which cover the proposed marine and terrestrial routes for the cable. Fujitsu is delivering the project from its existing Perth-based office and will expand its workforce in Western Australia in coming months to support the rollout of the 7000km advanced fibre optic cable and data centre project. With significant activity underway, Trident is proud to announce the launch of its National Project Delivery Office in Perth, alongside Fujitsu. “It is a great achievement for Trident to have attracted a partner with the global expertise of Fujitsu. As an organisation, Fujitsu has made a significant commitment to the development of this powerful communications network,” Mr de Kock said. The initial strategic reports have seen Fujitsu work with a specialist third party to conduct the Marine fact finding study. It assessed the proposed path for the subsea cable, matching GPS coordinates against available data for risks and obstacles such under-sea volcanoes. The study is an important part of the project, designed to identify challenges in the route as early as possible. The Terrestrial Route study has also commenced, which will see Fujitsu and its delivery partners scrutinise the proposed land route for the cable. This detailed report will provide analysis of the terrain including bridges; private property; indigenous and environmental factors; and data center connections, housings and power sources. This critical activity will be used to finalise and confirm the terrestrial cable path, installation methodology and terrestrial project costs. Mr de Kock said: “We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from the Western Australian business community and government agencies. They see the potential for this project to deliver enormous economic value to the State.” Mike Foster, Chief Executive Officer of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, said: “Trident’s drive to initiate this vital project for Western Australia is an exciting opportunity for Fujitsu. Its high capacity, high availability network will have a positive impact on WA’s economic development for decades to come. Importantly, Fujitsu can also be proud that it is part of a technology innovation that brings healthcare, education and agriculture improvements to communities across the Pilbara.” Next stages The rapid completion of these first pieces of work now enables Fujitsu to progress to a final route design and Trident to go to market with the procurement and installation phases. This stage also includes a multi-million dollar hydrographic study of the Perth to Jakarta route; the commencement of designs for the Karratha data centre; and the Environmental Impact Study for marine and terrestrial routes, as well as the landing sites in Perth and Onslow, which will effect both the installation and ongoing maintenance of the cable. About Trident Trident Subsea Cable (Trident) is a $400 million Australian project that is responsible for the planning, development, financing, construction and operations of the first, purpose-built fibre optic subsea cable linking Perth, the Pilbara, Jakarta and Singapore. The network design is an underwater link to connect Perth, via Onslow in the Pilbara and Jakarta in Indonesia, to Singapore; the onshore connection from Perth through to Port Hedland; and a subsea cable loop around the North West Shelf. Trident will offer direct network access and scalable bandwidth capacity through its partnership with national and international communications carriers. The Pilbara and North West Shelf areas boast some of the world’s largest resource industry operations and capital expenditure projects. Each project has extensive infrastructure and telecommunications needs. The $400 million fibre optic network project will build Australian efficiency in the highly competitive global oil, gas and resources market by meeting the substantial demand for resilient, cost-effective, high volume data transmission. For more information, please see www.tridentsc.com.au

15 Nov, 2013

Govt to protect domestic subsea cable routes

As featured on www.itnews.com.au November 15th, 2013 - by Ry Crozier.

Legislative changes finally tabled. Domestic submarine fibre optic cables could be afforded the same protections as international links under legislative changes introduced to parliament. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull tabled amendments to schedule 3A of the Telecommunications Act, which deals with protection zones for submarine cables. The amendments were born out of a 2010 statutory review of schedule 3A by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, which oversees enforcement of the rules. The previous Department of Broadband had been consulting on the proposed amendments up until the recent federal election. Many of the changes aim to harmonise the rules with international laws or to formalise and simplify cable permit approval processes. However, an important change being canvassed in the bill is expanding the protections afforded to cables that connect Australian locations. "Currently, Schedule 3A only applies to submarine cables that connect a place in Australia to a place outside of Australia," the government said in an explanatory memorandum that accompanies the bill. "However, there may be undersea cables that connect one place in Australia to another place in Australia (domestic submarine cables) that have potential economic and wider importance and, therefore, warrant protection." Under the proposed changes, domestic submarine cable operators would also be able to land their cables in existing cable protection zones, of which there are two in Sydney and one in Perth. "This is something not currently possible under the regime as currently in force," Turnbull said in a second reading speech to parliament. Domestic cables could still be landed outside a protection zone, as this would still not fall under the 3A rules, the explanatory memorandum notes. Vocus has laid two domestic submarine cables across Sydney Harbour and Middle Harbour in the past two years. Trident Subsea Cable — one of three operators vying to service the Perth-Singapore route — is also planning a domestic portion, running from north-west Western Australia to Perth. Turnbull reiterated the importance of appropriate submarine cable protection mechanisms owing to the impact that cable breakages had on internet communications and connectivity. "Australia is one of only a handful of nations that has a dedicated regime for the protection of submarine cables," he said. "The bill will ensure that Australia's regime continues to be a best practice regime and the protection the regime affords to this vital infrastructure is maintained."

04 Sep, 2013

Business connections crucial for cable

As featured on www.businessnews.com.au September 4th, 2013 - by Shanna Crispin

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A host of companies are vying to be first over the line to build a new subsea telecommunications cable. THREE companies are in the running to build the second submarine telecommunications cable connecting Western Australia with international networks. Recently formed Trident Subsea Cable is up against Sub Partners and Nextgen Networks subsidiary Australia-Singapore Cable, with all three planning to have their version of the telecommunications cable constructed and ready for service between the end of 2014 and mid-2015. But according to Trident chief executive Mark de Kock, only one will actually go ahead and that will be whichever starts building first. The keys to that are securing sufficient funding commitments, business partnerships and, importantly, contracts with users. "There's really only a business case for one of these cables being built, so there's a very strong first-mover advantage scenario," Mr de Kock told Business News. "The first company to start constructing the cable will get most of the business, and it's unlikely that a second new cable will be constructed; the commercial returns just won't be there for a second cable system." Trident, established by Sydney-based directors Alexis Pinto and Chris Waters, is the most recent of the three companies to put its proposal to the market. To enhance its credentials it is also spruiking major advantages for the Pilbara and the growing oil and gas sector in particular. As well as the submarine cable running between Perth and Singapore via Jakarta, Trident is planning to extend the cable from Perth to Onslow and connect it with a terrestrial cable proposed for between Perth and Karratha. That cable will account for $70 million of the total $400 million cost. Fujistu has signed on as Trident's partner for designing and building the terrestrial network, and is in the running for the submarine construction contract. Only Telstra currently offers fibre services in the Pilbara, which Mr de Kock said was inadequate infrastructure to underpin the region's growth. "The people up in the Pilbara have been complaining for a long time about telecommunication services, the lack of variety in competition and resilience of the network up there," he said. "About 5 per cent of Australia's GDP gets produced in the Pilbara, and they're very important not only to the state but to the country as well to be constrained by telecommunications is somewhat bizarre." Mr de Kock said the need for a submarine cable from Perth to Singapore was growing as the existing SeaMeWe 3 cable, which is 13 years old, is nearing capacity. "Growth in demand for international internet capacity has been about so to 60 per cent per annum over the last 10 years, and that's not going to slow down," he said. "Having a cable here that nearly has its capacity used up means that there's a need for a new cable to underpin that growth." Trident is planning to begin construction on the submarine cable in January 2014, with completion expected in July 2015. Australia-Singapore Cable (ASC) is also working to a similar schedule. The Nextgen Networks subsidiary - formerly owned by Leighton Telecommunications has been in the game the longest with plans first mooted in 2010 and an initial planned completion date for this year. Obtaining necessary approvals appears to have delayed the $200 million project, with negotiations still under way for permits and a revised completion date of early 2015. Chief executive Errol Shaw told Business News subsea cables had their challenges "due to their very nature. However, the customer demand for this cable is, and has always been strong. We remain pleased with our progress and are at least 12 months ahead of any proposed cable on this route and that is a significant advantage," Mr Shaw said. ASC has signed up Alcatel-Lucent as its construction partner and is confident it can source capital for the project, including the potential for investment from new major Nextgen Networks shareholder the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Trident has secured 80 per cent funding amounting to about $320 million from Chinese company The Beijing Construction and Engineering Group, which will become available once presale customers are signed and a proposed construction contract finalised. It's expected the remaining capital costs will be covered by private equity investors, who may also be international telcos looking for pre-sold capacity. Mr de Kock said his company had a significant advantage over competitors. "Getting the Indonesian regulatory approvals and permits is perhaps the hardest part of the Perth to Singapore route," he said. To circumvent that challenge Trident has struck a strategic partnership with existing Indonesian fibre operator Matrix Systems, including buying part of its network, thus removing the need to obtain Indonesian approvals. Founder of data centre operator NEXTDC and co-founder of metropolitan fibre network provider PIPE Networks, Bevan Slattery, is behind the third company wanting to snare business in the submarine market. SubPartners was formed in 2010 with the intention to invest $450 million in Asia Pacific subsea telecommunications cable infrastructure, including building the APX-West link from Perth to Singapore via Jakarta. The company has the weight of Telstra behind its proposal with a memorandum of understanding signed with the telco for it to be an anchoring customer. Under the deal, Telstra would be looking to acquire a segment of the Perth to Singapore fibre link for its sole use. SubPartners has been actively looking to secure presale customers with another "major Asia Pacific telecommunications provider" registering its intention to buy part of the network if it goes live. Mr Slattery is planning to have the fibre cable ready for commercial use by late 2014 and the company is working through obtaining necessary approvals. According to the company's website, progress in obtaining Australian permits is at 35 per cent, Singapore permitting is 20 per cent complete, while progress of getting approval from Indonesian authorities is only 15 per cent complete.

28 Aug, 2013

Trident to attend the Submarine Networks World conference

Trident will be attending the Submarine Networks World conference this September, in Singapore. This conference is the world's leading subsea cable industry gathering. Trident management including Mark de Kock (CEO) and Paul McCann (Network Director) will be addressing the audience with over fifty movers and shakers from the world's submarine community. Submarine Networks World is Asia's leading submarine cable forum, convening over 250 carriers, cable owners, cable installation and maintenance companies, marine surveyors, engineering consultants and network optimisation companies. You can gain firsthand information from your peers on how they are capitalising on the growth opportunities in the various regional subsea cable markets while overcoming their day-to-day challenges, so that you too can implement these solutions in your organisation!

See a full list of speakers and the conference programme

19 Aug, 2013

Trident Cable to boost telecommunications between WA, South-East Asia

As featured on www.austrade.gov.au August 19th, 2013

In response to increased demand for high-quality communications services from multinational companies operating in Western Australia (WA), Trident Subsea Cable has announced plans to build a US$400 million fibre-optic telecommunications cable. The project responds to rising demand for bandwidth and global connectivity as a result of increased numbers of multinationals operating out of North-West WA’s Pilbara region, the epicentre of the state’s resources activity. The cable will provide an underwater link to Perth via Onslow, as well as to Jakarta, Indonesia and Singapore. The project, slated for completion in about two years, includes onshore cable and terrestrial landing stations. Plans have been a long time in the making. However, privately run Trident has recently sealed construction and financing agreements totalling US$320 million with the Beijing Construction Engineering Group, which will be supported by the China Development Bank. Trident has debt financing in place for the remainder and has invited private investors to participate. “The business case for a design that combines the telecommunications requirements out of the north-west of WA with rapidly growing international capacity demand nationwide is very robust,” Trident Chief Executive Mark de Kock said. “We are continuing our work with the energy and resource industries to extend and configure the network to meet their specific requirements,” he said. Yang Qing, Vice President of the Beijing Construction Engineering Group, said he was pleased to build on his company’s relationship with Australia by partnering with Trident on a long-term infrastructure project of deep importance to both countries. Competitors are also planning cable networks. However, Trident signalled an early-mover advantage, saying in a presentation its plans are 12 months or more ahead of those of its rivals. The enhanced telecommunications network will further open WA’s oil and gas and mining industry to South-East Asia and drive even stronger economic growth. Trident Subsea Cable Pty Ltd was set up to design, build and operate a telecommunications link that meets the demand for cost-effective, high volume data transmission to and from North-West Western Australia, home of some of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas and iron-ore projects.

19 Aug, 2013

Fujitsu and Trident announce partnership for international telecommunications link for WA

As featured on www.newsmaker.com.au August 19th, 2013

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Fibre optic network between Perth, the Pilbara and South East Asia will ensure Australia’s competitiveness in the Oil and Gas sector. Perth – 16 August 2013 – Fujitsu Australia Limited (Fujitsu) and Trident Subsea Cable System Pty Ltd (Trident) announce that they have entered into a working agreement to develop and agree arrangements and associated commercial detail for the design and delivery of a state-of-the-art fibre telecommunications network between Perth, the Pilbara and into South East Asia. It is both parties’ intent that Fujitsu will become a strategic delivery partner within Trident’s operations for the proposed underwater South East Asia link to connect Perth, via Onslow in the Pilbara and Jakarta in Indonesia, to Singapore. The new network is expected to boost competitive telecommunications connectivity in WA and in particular the Pilbara Region. The Pilbara and North West Shelf areas boast some of the world’s largest resource industry operations and capital expenditure projects. Each project has extensive infrastructure and telecommunications needs. The $400 million fibre optic network project will build Australian efficiency in the highly competitive global oil, gas and resources market by meeting the substantial demand for resilient, cost-effective, high volume data transmission. Mike Foster, Chief Executive Officer of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, said “We are delighted to be working as the head contractor in a mutually beneficial relationship with Trident on this strategically important project for Western Australia. This high capacity, high availability network will drive technology innovation throughout the region enabling Australia to remain competitive in the global Oil and Gas and Resources market. The project will underpin ongoing community development initiatives in Healthcare, Education and Agriculture across the Pilbara.” Mark de Kock, Chief Executive Officer of Trident, said “We are pleased to be working with Fujitsu on this strategic initiative. Fujitsu brings to the partnership an enviable reputation in IT and telecommunications systems integration and a strong commitment to the advancement of Western Australia. This initiative will provide much needed connectivity to the North West of Australia and boost employment for ICT professionals in Western Australia.”

17 Aug, 2013

Perth and Pilbara will soon be connected to South East Asia by a new fibre optic network.

ABC News

Perth and Pilbara will soon be connected to South East Asia by a new fibre optic network to be developed by Trident Subsea Cable and Fujitsu.

16 Aug, 2013

Fujitsu, Trident to Develop Telecommunications Network for WA

As featured on www.subseaworldnews.com August 16th, 2013

Fujitsu Australia Limited (Fujitsu) and Trident Subsea Cable System Pty Ltd (Trident) announce that they have entered into a working agreement to develop and agree arrangements and associated commercial detail for the design and delivery of a state-of-the-art fibre telecommunications network between Perth, the Pilbara and into South East Asia. It is both parties’ intent that Fujitsu will become a strategic delivery partner within Trident’s operations for the proposed underwater South East Asia link to connect Perth, via Onslow in the Pilbara and Jakarta in Indonesia, to Singapore. The new network is expected to boost competitive telecommunications connectivity in WA and in particular the Pilbara Region. The Pilbara and North West Shelf areas boast some of the world’s largest resource industry operations and capital expenditure projects. Each project has extensive infrastructure and telecommunications needs. The $400 million fibre optic network project will build Australian efficiency in the highly competitive global oil, gas and resources market by meeting the substantial demand for resilient, cost-effective, high volume data transmission. Mike Foster, Chief Executive Officer of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, said “We are delighted to be working as the head contractor in a mutually beneficial relationship with Trident on this strategically important project for Western Australia. This high capacity, high availability network will drive technology innovation throughout the region enabling Australia to remain competitive in the global Oil and Gas and Resources market. The project will underpin ongoing community development initiatives in Healthcare, Education and Agriculture across the Pilbara.” Mark de Kock, Chief Executive Officer of Trident, said “We are pleased to be working with Fujitsu on this strategic initiative. Fujitsu brings to the partnership an enviable reputation in IT and telecommunications systems integration and a strong commitment to the advancement of Western Australia. This initiative will provide much needed connectivity to the North West of Australia and boost employment for ICT professionals in Western Australia.”

16 Aug, 2013

Trident, Fujitsu to build $400m subsea fibre network

As featured on www.businessspectator.com.au August 16th, 2013 - by Supratim Adhikari

Trident Subsea Cable System has teamed up with Fujitsu Australia to develop a fibre network connecting the Pilbara to South East Asia. The agreement will see Fujitsu become a strategic delivery partner within Trident’s operations for the proposed underwater South East Asia link- which will connect Perth, via Onslow in the Pilbara and Jakarta in Indonesia, to Singapore. According to Trident, the $400 million fibre network will provide valuable connectivity to the North West of Australia and boost employment for ICT professionals in Western Australia. Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand CEO Mike Foster said the goal was to create a high capacity, high availability network that will drive technology innovation throughout the region and help Australia remain competitive in the global oil and gas and resources market. “The project will underpin ongoing community development initiatives in Healthcare, Education and Agriculture across the Pilbara,” Mr Foster said.

16 Aug, 2013

Trident signs on Fujitsu for $400m fibre network

As featured on www.computerworld.com.au August 16th, 2013 - by Stephanie McDonald

Fujitsu has signed an agreement with Trident Subsea Cable System to help build a new $400 million fibre optic network that will connect Perth, the Pilbara and South East Asia. The network will help improve telecommunications connectivity competition in Western Australia, according to Fujitsu. “This high capacity, high availability network will drive technology innovation throughout the region enabling Australia to remain competitive in the global oil and gas and resources market,” Mike Foster, chief executive officer of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, said in a statement. “The project will underpin ongoing community development initiatives in healthcare, education and agriculture across the Pilbara.” Trident recently announced the network design for the project, which has been welcomed by the WA government. In July this year, the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Michael Mischin, gave his endorsement for the project. In a letter to Trident, he said the proposed project should be “commended” for improving telco infrastructure. “Increasing the level of international connectivity will support the many multinational companies now operating out of Western Australia,” Mischin wrote. “This is also likely to prove beneficial to global projects planned for WA, such as the SKA international telescope.” Mark de Kock, chief executive officer of Trident, said the project would help to boost ICT employment in WA.

16 Aug, 2013

Fujitsu and Trident to build cable from Pilbara to Asia

As featured on www.itwire.com August 16th, 2013 - by Graeme Philipson

A new fibre optic network between Perth, the Pilbara and South East Asia is designed to ensure Australia’s competitiveness in oil and gas. Fujitsu Australia and Trident Subsea Cable System have agreed to develop the telecommunications network. Fujitsu will become a strategic delivery partner within Trident’s operations for the proposed underwater South East Asia link to connect Perth, via Onslow in the Pilbara and Jakarta in Indonesia, to Singapore. They say the new network will “boost competitive telecommunications connectivity in WA and in particular the Pilbara region.” The Pilbara and North West Shelf areas contain some of the world’s largest resource industry operations and capital expenditure projects. Each project has extensive infrastructure and telecommunications needs. Mike Foster, CEO of Fujitsu ANZ, said: “The $400 million fibre optic network project will build Australian efficiency in the highly competitive global oil, gas and resources market by meeting the substantial demand for resilient, cost-effective, high volume data transmission. “We are delighted to be working as the head contractor in a mutually beneficial relationship with Trident on this strategically important project for Western Australia. This high capacity, high availability network will drive technology innovation throughout the region enabling Australia to remain competitive in the global oil and gas and resources market. The project will underpin ongoing community development initiatives in healthcare, education and agriculture across the Pilbara.” Mark de Kock, CEO of Trident, said: “We are pleased to be working with Fujitsu on this strategic initiative. Fujitsu brings to the partnership an enviable reputation in IT and telecommunications systems integration and a strong commitment to the advancement of Western Australia. “This initiative will provide much needed connectivity to the North West of Australia and boost employment for IT professionals in Western Australia.” Trident will offer direct network access and scalable bandwidth capacity through its partnership with national and international communications carriers.

16 Aug, 2013

Fujitsu to build Trident subsea cable

As featured on www.itnews.com.au August 16th, 2013 - by Juha Saarinen

Data centre builds planned. Trident Subsea Cable has contracted Fujitsu Australia to build its planned new Perth to Singapore cable, which will link resource rich Western Australia with Asia. First reported by telco industry publication Commsday, the deal was announced in Perth overnight. According to Commsday, the Trident cable will be connected directly to Fujitsu's Perth data centre. Trident also intends to build two data centres in the Pilbara, in Onslow and Karatha. Earlier this month, Trident chief executive Mark de Kock told iTnews the cable operator intended to run two fibre pairs from City Beach in Perth to a branching unit off Onslow further northwest, and from there, four fibre pairs to Jakarta with rights to two pairs of fibre onwards to Singapore. In total, de Kock said the two-pair cable would support 80 wavelengths with 100 gigabit per second capacity. Fundraising to complete the US$400 million financing of the cable is underway. Trident has already secured US$320 million in financing from Chinese backers, and intends to raise the rest from Australian investors.

16 Aug, 2013

Trident signs Fujitsu for Perth-Singapore submarine project

As featured on www.commsday.com August 16th, 2013 - by Geoff Long.

Fujitsu Australia will design and build Trident's proposed new submarine cable linking Perth to Singapore via the Western Australian oil and gas region. The partnership was announced at a function in Perth overnight involving key resource sector companies, government agencies and a number of potential telecommunications customers. Fujitsu and Trident have entered a working agreement that will see Fujitsu design and deliver the fibre network for the project, although no value has been announced for the deal. Fujitsu was also one of the key contractors on the existing SEA-ME-WE 3 cable linking Perth to Singapore. CommsDay can also reveal that the cable is planned to run directly to Fujitsu's state-of-theart data centre in Perth, significantly boosting the company's proposed cloud and managed services plans for Australia. Fujitsu Australia national oil and gas director and acting state manager Chris de Josselin (pictured) told CommsDay that the project would be mutually beneficial for both companies. He said Fujitsu's two tier-1 data centres in Sydney and one in Perth gave it a key advantage in providing cloud services that can remain in Australia. “From a security perspective, there's not many others that do that,” he said. Trident itself is also planning to build two data centres in the Pilbara region of the state as part of the overall project, and de Josselin said there had already been discussions to use those centres to extend its cloud footprint. “The idea is that as they build the data centre in Onslow it would be interesting for us to extend our cloud platform into that region as well. We can then support some of our clients here in Perth who have a presence in that region,” he said. As well as Onslow, Trident is looking at another data centre in Karatha. De Josselin also indicated that in future Fujitsu may play a role in supporting the Northwest data centres on behalf of Trident. “It aligns with what we do – data centre, cloud and managed services,” he noted. Trident CEO Mark de Kock pointed to Fujitsu's long heritage in the submarine cable space, having been involved in a number of projects out of Perth in the past in addition to SEA-ME-WE-3. “Fujitsu brings to the partnership an enviable reputation in IT and telecommunications systems integration and a strong commitment to the advancement of Western Australia,” he said. As first revealed in CommsDay, Trident has made a significant start in getting the project started. De Kock said yesterday he expected the core network to be completed by Q2 of 2015. The company has a US$320 financing deal with Chinese Beijing Construction and Engineering Group, although the Chinese investors will not have any equity in the project. Further equity raising from Australian investors will commence in the next few months. The company also has a partnership with existing submarine cable player Matrix Networks, which covers the critical Jakarta-Singapore leg. The company signed an agreement with Matrix two months ago that will provide it with two fibre pairs on its cable as well as two branching units on the system, while Matrix will also use capacity on the coming link from Jakarta to Perth. De Kock said last night he believed that Trident had a nine-month advantage over potential competing cable projects, which include the SubPartners Perth-Singapore cable being built by entrepreneurs Bevan Slattery and Ted Pretty and the ASC International on the same route that is being backed by Nextgen Group. Trident has already started survey work in the northwest region of Western Australia and is being supported by the Western Australian government in getting approvals for the project. However, de Kock said last night that a critical milestone for Trident will be signing on key customers for the project. Last night's presentations was primarily aimed at the energy and resources sector, and the company will soon plan presentations to key international and local telcos.

14 Aug, 2013

Link to Asia inches closer

As featured on www.thewest.com.au August 14th, 2013 - by Peter de Kruijff.

A $400 million proposal to build an international subsea cable connecting WA to South-East Asia could be a telecommunications boon for the Pilbara. Trident Subsea Cable revealed its plans for the project last Tuesday in Melbourne and already has a $320 million financial commitment from Chinese groups for the project. The cable would establish an underwater link to Perth via Onslow, Jakarta in Indonesia, and Singapore. There would also be an onshore connection from Perth to Port Hedland with a subsea cable looping around the North West Shelf and a number of offshore oil and gas projects. WA Regional Development Minister and member for the Pilbara, Brendon Grylls, said the project supported the region’s vision for economic diversification and the Pilbara Development Commission was working closely with Trident to formulate a business case and identify market demand. Pilbara Development Commission chief executive, Ken King, said this was probably a gamechanging project which would increase the access for individuals, businesses, industry and government which all elements of the economy would be impacted by. “It’s not new, it’s something that’s been proposed for a long time, the new thing is the debt financing and the construction is now in place, and we hope they would reach financial close on this by the end of year... that guarantees the project goes ahead,” he said. He also said the cables would take about six months to manufacture and another 12 months to deploy. “The other thing it provides in the Pilbara is the opportunity for the establishment of data centres… which we can’t do at the moment because we don’t have the capability in terms of bandwidth,” he said. “The other demand we’re all aware of is the remote mining operations which BHP and Rio Tinto have developed with their control centres in Perth… they need large amounts of bandwidth for those, and they’re constrained at the moment.” In terms of construction, Mr King said cable-laying ships would be used but a significant number of contractors would be required for the onshore cable as well as the terrestrial landing stations. “There would be some significant construction occurring in Onslow where the sea cable lands,” he said. A spokeswoman for the Minister for Commerce Michael Mischin said the WA government had welcomed the effort and commitments made to date by Trident and would continue to work with them as the project progressed to the next stages.

13 Aug, 2013

New digital economy investment opportunities

As featured on www.wago.co.uk August 13th, 2013 - by WagoEU

A USD$400 million boost to Western Australia’s competitive international telecommunications connectivity and growing digital economy industry sector was unveiled in late July. Trident Subsea Cable Pty Ltd revealed their proposal to establish an international subsea and terrestrial cable network connecting Perth, via Onslow in the Pilbara, to Jakarta in Indonesia, and to Singapore. The proposal includes an onshore connection from Perth through to Port Hedland, and a subsea cable loop around the North West shelf. Trident Subsea Cable Pty Ltd is a special purpose-built vehicle established to develop and operate the telecom and network infrastructure. It will also manage the design and construction of the network and collaborate with industry and geo market stakeholders. At the signing ceremony, Mark de Kock, Trident CEO, said: “We now have another key fundamental component in place to make this project a great success. The business case for a design that combines the telecommunications requirements out of the North West of WA with rapidly growing international capacity demand nationwide is very robust. We are continuing our work with the energy and resource industries to extend and configure the network to meet their specific requirements.” The Trident network is focused on delivering high competitive, capacity, availability and security telecommunications facilities and an open network to the oil and gas, and mining sectors in the North West of WA. They have been working with the industry to design solutions addressing their specific requirements. They have also been working with State Government and Pilbara Development Commission to deliver the infrastructure needed for regional development and associated community benefits. Mr Mischin, West Australian Government Commerce Minister, said: “Trident’s project will support the increasing bandwidth and international connectivity needs of the numerous multinational companies now operating out of WA, and welcomed the private sector proposal to improve telecommunications infrastructure, particularly in WA’s North West, as the region is significantly important to the State’s economy and to Australia.” The project is supported by the China Development Bank through a USD$320 million vendor finance facility provided by the Beijing Construction and Engineering Group. Mr. Yang Qing, Vice President, Beijing Construction and Engineering Group expressed his delight at partnering with Trident to grow his company’s relationship with Australia, through the construction of long-term essential infrastructure for a sector of paramount importance for both countries. The new Trident project will provide a viable solution to the Pilbara’s previous reliance on costly and inadequate satellite telecommunications services. It will meet a growing demand in Australasia for internet services, which is switching from the East to the West coast. The project will provide the required extra capacity by installing two fibre pairs each to Jakarta and Singapore, with a branching unit coming from a Matrix cable system. The project will offer an array of investment opportunities addressing WA’s vision for economic diversification. It will also attract international and local-based business investment in the development, construction, operational and maintenance phases, with flow-on benefits for all. It will also be beneficial for WA’s increasing involvement in global projects, such as the Square Kilometre Array International Telescope. Dr. Ken King, CEO, Pilbara Development Commission said: “Given the increasing influence that the internet and digital technology has on just about every aspect of the economy and society in the Pilbara, the Commission warmly welcomes the Trident initiative, which has the potential to significantly improve telecommunications infrastructure and stimulate economic diversity.” The President of Matrix Networks Mr. Sandy Gunawan said, “We are very excited to be able to accelerate the network build out to Singapore, by providing our existing fibre optic telecommunications assets between Singapore and Jakarta to Trident for extension to the Pilbara submarine network at Onslow.”

13 Aug, 2013

Trident makes first moves on Pilbara landing sites

As featured on www.commsday.com August 13th, 2013 - by Geoff Long.

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Trident, the company behind a proposed new cable system linking Perth to Singapore via the Pilbara resources area, has moved into operational mode for the project and is currently working with authorities on cable landing sites in Western Australia. Trident CEO Mark de Kock yesterday met with port authorities at Dampier Port Authority and has also been visiting sites with the Pilbara Development commissioner. Trident is planning a number of cable landing sites in the North West. As first revealed in CommsDay, the $400 million system has the backing of the Western Australia state government, which is encouraging communications and other infrastructure in the Pilbara region. The project has also signed off on initial funding through Beijing Construction and Engineering Group, which is providing US$320 in financing. The remaining finance will be raised through Australian institutional investors. The Western Australian government had committed to support the Trident project by providing assistance in obtaining the various permits and approvals on the Australian side of the project. The Pilbara Development Commission has also been working closely with the company to identify local demand. The project comprises both submarine and terrestrial network legs that will link Perth to the Pilbara and then internationally to Jakarta and Singapore. A subsea fibre ring will also be built around key oil and gas projects around the North West Shelf in Western Australia. The project will have two landing points in the Northwest, one in Onslow and another in Karratha, which will be used to service major mining projects in the state. Trident is just one of three projects that are competing to bring a new submarine cable on the Perth to Singapore route. Telstra has publicly backed a cable being built by Sub-Partners, a new venture headed by entrepreneurs Bevan Slattery and Ted Pretty. ASC International, part of the Nextgen Group, also has plans to launch a cable on the route.

06 Aug, 2013

Underwater telecommunications link promises Pilbara benefits

As featured on www.abc.net.au August 6th, 2013.

The Minister for Commerce, Michael Mischin, says a proposal to establish an international subsea telecommunications cable will have many benefits for the Pilbara. Trident Subsea Cable last week unveiled plans for a $400 million underwater link connecting Perth via Onslow in the Pilbara to Jakarta and Singapore. The private sector proposal also includes an onshore connection from Perth to Port Hedland and a subsea cable loop around the North-West Shelf. Mr Mischin says it will increase business opportunity between the two continents. "It's going to provide a greater bandwidth to that currently available for overseas and subsea communication," he said. "It'll allow better connectivity between the major developers up in the Pilbara - not only with Perth but also overseas."

05 Aug, 2013

New $400million international telecommunications link for Western Australia

As featured on www.pcnews.net.au August 5th, 2013.

Commerce Minister Michael Mischin welcomed a new $400million private sector proposal to establish an international subsea cable that will boost competitive telecommunications connectivity in the State and, in particular, the Pilbara region. Trident Subsea Cable (Trident) today unveiled its plans in Melbourne as the Beijing Construction and Engineering Group, with the support of the China Development Bank, signed a $320million financial commitment with the company towards the project. Trident has proposed the establishment of an underwater South East Asia link to connect Perth, via Onslow in the Pilbara and Jakarta in Indonesia, to Singapore. The proposal also includes an onshore connection from Perth through to Port Hedland and a subsea cable loop around the North West Shelf. Mr Mischin said the State Government recognised the need for increased telecommunications infrastructure, capacity and competition in WA and had engaged with industry to explore a range of options. “The Government supports any proposal to improve telecommunications infrastructure, particularly in WA’s North-West, as the region is significantly important to the State’s economy and to Australia,” he said. “Trident’s project will support the increasing bandwidth and international connectivity needs of the numerous multinational companies now operating out of WA. It will also be beneficial for the State’s planned involvement in global projects, such as the Square Kilometre Array International Telescope. The Minister said he was pleased that Trident was intending to use local construction firms and other suppliers for project activities that would be undertaken in WA. “No doubt this proposal will offer an array of opportunities for State-based businesses in both the development and operational phases, with flow-on benefits for the State as a whole,” he said. Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the project supported the vision for economic diversification which was being promoted through the Royalties for Regions Pilbara Cities initiative. “The Pilbara Development Commission has been working closely with Trident at the local level to help formulate its business case and identify market demand,” Mr Grylls said.

01 Aug, 2013

Trident reveals $400m subsea network design

As featured on www.itnews.com.au August 1st, 2013 - by Ry Crozier

Latest bid for a Perth-Singapore cable, with a twist. Trident Subsea Cable has revealed further details of the design of a subsea cable network that will connect Perth and the resources-rich Pilbara region with Indonesia and Singapore. CEO Mark de Kock —executive director of strategy at Vocus until June of this year — told iTnews Trident will run two fibre pairs from the submarine cable protection zone off City Beach in Perth to a branching unit off Onslow, in north-west Western Australia. Four fibre pairs will run from that branching unit to another branching unit near Jakarta owned by Singapore's Matrix Networks. Trident then has rights to two of four fibre pairs that Matrix already run from Jakarta to Singapore, meaning the Trident cable system will have a total of two fibre pairs that run the entire Perth-to-Singapore route. "The capacity from Perth to Singapore on the new cable system will be two fibre pairs of 80 wavelengths of 100 Gigabit [per second - 100G - capacity]," de Kock said. However, such capacity will not be available on the entire route from day one, owing to the existing configuration of the Matrix infrastructure. "The Matrix cable system capacity has to be upgraded," de Kock said. "It currently has 10G technology. We don't have the full commercial and technical offer for upgrading that system yet, but it will be upgraded to 100G technology as well." It was unclear what capacity Trident would be able to sell on the entire Perth-Singapore subsea route from day one of the cable availability. Clarification was being sought at the time of publication. Two fibre pairs will also run from the Onslow branching unit to a terrestrial landing station in Onslow. A passive submarine loop will run between Onslow and Karratha in a bid to bring oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) platforms in the area onto the network. The Trident project is effectively two cable projects in one, consisting of the west coast international route, and a plan to bring capacity and communications resiliency to the resources-rich Pilbara region. The international link portion takes over the work of ASSC-1, a project announced in 2012 that ran on the same route and used Matrix's infrastructure in roughly the same manner as Trident now propose. ASSC-1 was being developed by a Melbourne-based firm called JPC International, and de Kock confirmed Trident had struck a deal with JPC. "We've picked up all the good work they've done on the project, and one of the key executives of that project has joined Trident to capitalise on that IP," he said. The project has secured a $320 million financial commitment from China, and de Kock must come up with the remaining $80 million from institutional and other investors. Resources-rich The link into the Pilbara and north-west shelf of Western Australia is designed to capitalise on the hunger of resources companies to automate their operations. While many of the larger miners run their own fibre —typically in rail corridors — from remote sites to port operations, de Kock said there was a need for commercial capacity to then take that traffic to Perth, where firms such as Rio Tinto have established remote operations centres. "The miners don't have any infrastructure of their own between Perth and the Pilbara," de Kock said. Part of the reason for running a subsea — rather than terrestrial — link from the Pilbara to Perth is to provide resilience against the impact of cyclones, which cause problems for resources projects in the area. de Kock said Trident had been assisted by the Western Australian state government to initiate discussions with resources companies to take capacity on the proposed network. "The Western Australian Government have been very helpful in facilitating those discussions because they want to see this cable system built to improve the commercial availability and resilience of communication services up into that area," de Kock said. He indicated that Trident already had commitments from resources firms to take capacity on the infrastructure. Project start Trident is looking to begin marine survey work in the next four weeks, according to de Kock. He expects the agreement with Matrix to save a lot of time in getting construction started. Rivals, such as the Australia-Singapore Cable, have spent the past year seeking Indonesian permits that Matrix already holds. "The key rationale behind the project or competitive advantage is the fact that we have, by virtue of our deal with Matrix, obviously saved a lot of construction time, a lot of permitting, permissions approvals and operational capability," de Kock said. "That saves us a lot of time in actually deploying the project, and having the Indonesian approvals and permits already in place avoids that schedule uncertainty." Trident is one of three cable operators vying to be the first to roll out a subsea cable between Perth and Singapore that will provide fresh capacity on the congested route, which is currently serviced by the SEA-ME-WE 3 cable. The Australia-Singapore Cable, which is being held up by Indonesian permits, and the SubPartners cable being pushed by entrepreneurs Bevan Slattery and Ted Pretty are Trident's main rivals. A fourth project was briefly mooted in May before being withdrawn. de Kock is keen to ensure that Trident has "first mover advantage" in getting its cables laid. "It's common wisdom to say the first company to start construction of the cable — the completion will just follow — has a strong commercial advantage and it would erode significantly the business case of a second cable operator coming into that market," he said.

31 Jul, 2013

$400m Subsea Cable to Link WA with South East Asia

As featured on www.sourceable.net July 31st, 2013 - by Marc Howe. Same article featured on www.yourcableandwirenews.com

Western Australia’s telecommunications capabilities are set to receive a major boost from an ambitious $400 million plan to link Perth to South-east Asia via a transnational subsea cable spanning thousands of kilometres. Trident Subsea Cable unveiled its plans for the project in Melbourne this week, as it inked a $320 million financial commitment with Beijing Construction and Engineering Group, which enjoys the backing of the China Development Bank. The plan proposes linking Perth to Singapore via a 4,600 kilometre underwater cable which will traverse international waters, passing through Onslow in the Pilbara and Jakarta in Indonesia. It also outlines the construction of a subsea cable around the North West Shelf and an onshore connection between Perth and Port Hedland. The project is expected to provide a major boost Western Australia’s telecommunications connectivity, particularly in the state’s key mining and minerals hub of the Pilbara. Trident says it will allow the state government, as well as players in Western Australia’s mining, oil and gas sectors, to avail themselves of the infrastructure as well as provide a datacentre co-location in the state. State commerce minister Michael Mischin hailed the private sector initiative as making a vital contribution to the telecommunications infrastructure of Western Australia, which will facilitate the operations of multinational corporations in the region. “The Government supports any proposal to improve telecommunications infrastructure, particularly in WA’s North-West, as the region is significantly important to the State’s economy and to Australia,” Mr. Mischin said. “Trident’s project will support the increasing bandwidth and international connectivity needs of the numerous multinational companies now operating out of WA. It will also be beneficial for the State’s planned involvement in global projects, such as the Square Kilometre Array International Telescope.” The minister also noted that Trident’s decision to make use local construction firms and suppliers would have a salutary impact on the state’s economy. “No doubt this proposal will offer an array of opportunities for State-based businesses in both the development and operational phases, with flow-on benefits for the State as a whole.” In January telecommunications and internet services in both Australia and New Zealand were negatively impacted by the severing of the Perth-to-Singapore SEA-ME-WE 3 cable, with iiNet stating that its international traffic options were reduced by the outage.

31 Jul, 2013

New Perth-Pilbara-SE Asia cable to begin survey within weeks

As featured on www.commsday.com July 31st, 2013 - by Geoff Long

Work on a new cable system that will link Perth to Singapore via the Pilbara resources sector will begin as soon as next month, CommsDay can reveal. The project will be undertaken by Trident Subsea Cable – a newly-formed company headed up by former Vocus CFO Mark de Kock – with a US$320 million financing deal with Chinese investors signed in Melbourne late yesterday. The project comprises both submarine and terrestrial network legs that will link Perth to the Pilbara and then internationally to Jakarta and Singapore. A subsea fibre ring will also be built around key oil and gas projects around the North West Shelf in Western Australia. The project will have two landing points in the Northwest, one in Onslow and another in Karratha, which will be used to service major mining projects in the state. Trident has signed initial construction and financing agreements with the Beijing Construction and Engineering Group, which has support from the China Development Bank. Further equity will need to be raised for the US$400 million project, with de Kock planning a roadshow to tap into Australian institutional investors for the remaining 20% of the project funding. In an interview with CommsDay, de Kock explained that Trident had a number of advantages over proposed competing cable networks looking to use the Perth to Singapore route. Key among them is that it has already purchased capacity on the critical Jakarta-Singapore leg through a deal with cable network Matrix Networks. The company signed an agreement with Matrix two months ago that will provide it with two fibre pairs on its cable as well as two branching units on the system, while Matrix will also use capacity on the coming link from Jakarta to Perth. “The agreement with Matrix is a key differentiator because it means that we already have key landing rights and permits for Singapore and Indonesia,” de Kock said. Trident also incorporates the assets of the ASSC-1 cable, which had been announced in January 2012. Trident took over the project from Melbourne-based JPC International around three months ago. Telstra has initially signed up with ASSC-1 but has since committed to buying capacity on the rival SubPartners cable being built on the same route by a new venture headed by entrepreneurs Bevan Slattery and Ted Pretty. The cable could also compete with ASC International, which is now part of the Nextgen Group. Nextgen is owned 70% by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and 30% by Leighton Holdings, while the proposed ASC cable has been held back due to delays in getting permits from Indonesia. De Kock also noted that the Western Australian government had committed to support the Trident project by providing assistance in obtaining the various permits and approvals on the Australian side of the project. Initial marine surveys in Western Australia are expected to commence next month. West Australian commerce minister Michael Mischin welcomed the project, noting that it will support the increasing bandwidth and international connectivity needs of the numerous multinational companies now operating out of WA. He said the proposal to improve telecommunications infrastructure in the state's North West was critical, as the region is significantly important to the economy. Ken King, CEO of the Pilbara Development Commission, also praised the project. Speaking to CommsDay at yesterday's financial signing ceremony, King said that there was a growing need in the region for higher bandwidth, not just from the mining companies but also new projects such as hotels, schools and to provide services to local government. “The commission warmly welcomes the Trident initiative, which has the potential to significantly improve telecommunications infrastructure and stimulate economic diversity,” he said. The commission has also been working with Trident at the local level to help formulate its business case and identify market demand. De Kock said the business case was unique in that it combines the telecommunications requirements out of the North West of WA with rapidly growing international capacity demand nationwide. “We are continuing our work with the energy and resource industries to extend and configure the network to meet their specific requirements,” he said, adding that the company had already begun talks with various parties with regards to pre-sales on the system.

30 Jul, 2013

Subsea communications cable proposed for WA

As featured on www.engineersaustralia.org.au July 30th, 2013 - by Engineers Media

A plan to construct a new subsea telecommunications cable from Western Australia to Singapore has been proposed by Trident Subsea Cable. The $400 million proposal would connect Perth to Singapore via Onslow in the Pilbara and Jakarta in Indonesia. The proposal also includes an onshore connection from Perth through to Port Hedland and a subsea cable loop around the North West Shelf. Trident says it has the ability to offer direct network access and scalable bandwidth capacity across the region’s oil, gas and mining industries. The development would also be supported by local data centre operations. Western Australia commerce minister Michael Mischin said: “The state government supports any proposal to improve telecommunications infrastructure, particularly in WA’s northwest, as the region is significant to the state’s economy and to Australia. “Trident’s project will support the increasing bandwidth and international connectivity needs of the numerous multinational companies now operating out of WA. It will also be beneficial for the state’s planned involvement in global projects, such as the Square Kilometre Array international telescope.” The plan includes the intention to use local construction firms and collaboration with the Pilbara Development Commission to create the project’s business case. The Trident Subsea Cable proposal is backed by the Beijing Construction and Engineering Group (which is supported by the China Development Bank) which has signed a $320 million financial commitment toward the project.

30 Jul, 2013

New Perth subsea cable to compete with SubPartners

As featured on www.zdnet.com July 30th, 2013 - by Josh Taylor

Trident Subsea Cable has signed a commitment for a new AU$400 million Perth-to-Singapore subsea cable, just months after Bevan Slattery and Ted Pretty announced their new venture SubPartners and their plan to connect Perth and Singapore with a 4,600km subsea cable. The company, backed by Beijing Construction and Engineering Group with the support of the China Development Bank, today signed an AU$320 million commitment toward the project to deploy a subsea cable from Perth through to the Pilbara region to Jakarta in Indonesia, and up to Singapore. The Western Australia government said in a press release today that the proposal would also have an onshore connection from Perth through to Port Hedland, and a subsea cable loop around the North West Shelf. Trident said that it intends to offer access to the infrastructure to the mining, oil, and gas industries in Western Australia, as well as the government. The company said it will also offer the provision of datacentre co-location in Western Australia. WA Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said that the new cable will boost competitive telecommunications in the state. "The government supports any proposal to improve telecommunications infrastructure, particularly in WA's North West, as the region is significantly important to the state's economy and to Australia," he said in a statement. "Trident's project will support the increasing bandwidth and international connectivity needs of the numerous multinational companies now operating out of WA. It will also be beneficial for the state's planned involvement in global projects, such as the Square Kilometre Array International Telescope." The Perth-to-Singapore SEA-ME-WE 3 cable was cut in January, affecting a number of services in Australia and New Zealand.

30 Jul, 2013

Media release - New international telecommunications link for WA.

As featured on www.pdc.wa.gov.au and on www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au

Commerce Minister Michael Mischin welcomed a new $400 million private sector proposal to establish an international subsea cable that will boost competitive telecommunications connectivity in the State and, in particular, the Pilbara region.

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