Webb Henderson advises SubPartners on INDIGO submarine cable

Webb Henderson has advised SubPartners on its recent transaction to construct a new high capacity undersea cable between Singapore and Australia, known as the INDIGO cable system.

The cable will be built using a consortium model that also includes Telstra, Singtel, Google, AARNet and Ooredoo Indosat. It will span approximately 9,000 km and connect Singapore and Perth, with a further onward connection from Perth to Sydney. The system will also allow connections between Singapore and Jakarta.

The system will use a two-fibre pair ‘open cable’ design with spectrum-sharing technology. This allows consortium members to share ownership of spectrum within the cable, giving them the ability to independently take advantage of technology advancements and future upgrades as required.

Alcatel Submarine Network (ASN) will construct the system, which is expected to be complete by mid-2019.

Our involvement included assisting SubPartners in the negotiation of the key transaction documents with consortium members and ASN, along with a further transaction to sell SubPartners to Superloop (ASX: SLC), allowing for the creation of a broad, interconnected pan-Asian network.

Ara Margossian was the lead partner on this project and was assisted by Senior Associate, Jordan Cox, along with several other members of our corporate and TMT teams.

Ara Margossian stated:

“We are delighted to have supported the SubPartners team. The project, which features a new and innovative approach to spectrum ownership, will provide Australia with a significant capacity boost into South-East Asia and also offer a new low latency undersea path between Perth and Sydney. We congratulate SubPartners and the INDIGO consortium on reaching this critical milestone”.

Undersea cable projects represent a core area of focus for our TMT practice. Webb Henderson has advised on a number of undersea cable projects in Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands.