Vocus sets new horizon for mining connectivity


Project Horizon will be the single largest infrastructure project seen in Australia’s north west. Image: Vocus

Vocus has continued to connect Australia’s mining industry, this time with a $500 million Darwin-Jakarta-Singapore cable (DJSC) to enhance the Pilbara mining region.

The final piece of the puzzle is a $100 million connection between the Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) and the North West Cable System (NWCS) in Port Hedland.

Northern Territory chief minister Michael Gunner said the connection would boost individuals, industries and organisations.

“The Territory is going digital – and there is so much opportunity for growth and jobs in this space,” Gunner said.

“This further cements Darwin as Northern Australia’s most advanced digital economy, and will open the door to new opportunities for advanced manufacturing, data-centres and cloud-based computing services for Territorians and investors.”

The DJSC will also connect with Vocus’ Project Horizon which is a cable from Perth to Port Hedland currently under construction.

Vocus national lead for resources, mining and utilities Simon Head told Australian Mining the string of connections would serve a significant portion of Australia and importantly, Australia’s mining industry.

“Project Horizon will complete the western ring in our national network and will connect Perth to Darwin via major resources operations hubs both terrestrially and offshore,” he said.

“The Horizon system will be designed with transmission capacity starting at 38 Terabits per second per fibre pair, giving us a clear upgrade path to support much higher capacity as demand requires it.”

Equally as important, Vocus was proud to be enhancing the experience of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers.

Vocus account director for natural resources Benedict Boylson said these workers relied on good connectivity to maintain work-life balance.

“Providing fly-in, fly-out workers with a home away from home in terms of being able to stream video, Facetime with family has become a strong focus for mining operations,” Boylson said.

“We are a big player in connectivity in terms of welfare which is really satisfying from my point of view. It is about getting the families of workers involved with aspects of mining and in many cases, it is the workers only opportunity to be able to connect with those at home.”



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