A new international broadband cable landed on Sydney’s north shore. Stretching 4787km to Guam, the Pipe Networks project, dubbed PPC-1, offers Australian broadband users the promise of significantly lower Internet costs.

More details on the project on the project can be found in this article. Below is discussion from that article of the cable’s impact on service and pricing:

The PPC-1 is the first international internet cable to be owned independently of the country’s big telcos.

Once completed, the pipe is set to increase the size of Australia’s international link by almost 50 per cent, and send internet prices tumbling.

Grahame Lynch, publisher of industry news site CommsDay, said that the prices paid by internet providers could be slashed in half.

“Prices will drop dramatically,” he said.

Mr Lynch said the savings would be passed on to users in larger download quotas and cheaper monthly rates.

No other recent development has brought about as much promise of change as the deployment of this cable. Australian users stand to benefit from reducted costs for broadband service, as well as increased account usage quotas.

In Fiji, the promise of liberalisation may not come to fruition until FINTEL finds itself competing to provide international access. This competition can only come from the SPIN cable and O3b Networks promise of cheaper satellite access.