• The dark fibre availability for several data centres across southern Brisbane is significantly expanded.
  • A new 720 core fibre ring connecting Springfield’s Polaris Data Centre to Brisbane City has recently been completed.
  • Springfield is a digitally enabled city which is why large parts of the city are being serviced by fibre.

A new 720 core fibre ring connecting Springfield’s Polaris Data Centre to Brisbane City has recently been completed by the Springfield City Group. Because of this new ring, the dark fibre availability for several data centres across southern Brisbane is significantly expanded.

 

According to SCG chief commercial officer – data centres Peter Blunt, “There was an acute shortage of dark fibre connectivity out to Polaris...so we took it upon ourselves to build a new fibre network significantly larger than what was here previously.”

 

The SCG network is designed and delivered by partner Torus Networks. It extends past Ipswich, Digital Sense Kenmore, NextDC B1 in Brisbane City, and Brisbane Technology Park. It includes a sub-ring connecting Fujitsu, Interactive, and Host Networks data centres. From there, it returns back to Polaris Data Centre. The entire fibre path spans just over 140km.

 

“We actually also saw the need to pick up a lot of the data centres that are on the southern side of Brisbane because again, quite a few of [these] had some capacity constraints...We see this is quite a significant change for them, and we're already seeing quite a strong response out of clients in those data centres as well.”

 

The SCG chief further added that SCG had already moved clients onto the network. There has also been a “huge takeup” with new clients. “We've had several significant telcos using the cable and also have had some inquiries direct from industry,” he also said.

 

SCG has also pre-provisioned DC to DC circuits and joint ties to preferred partner networks such as Vocus to maximise the versatility of the infrastructure and speed up deployments. According to Blunt, most DC to DC services are available for same-day provisioning. However, services requiring splicing need a couple of days to complete.

 

Blunt also said that interconnecting with RTI’s Sunshine Coast international cable was not out of the question. “That would be particularly useful for people who are accessing that international cable on the southern side of Brisbane, or, you know, potentially heading towards the Gold Coast,” he said.

 

Springfield City Group owns the Polaris Data Centre. The Springfield City Group is also considered the master planners of Greater Springfield, which is an emerging city that has developed into nearly 50,000 residents in less than 30 years. According to Blunt, Springfield is a digitally enabled city which is why large parts of the city are being serviced by fibre.