New subsea cables connecting Singapore-Perth and Perth-Sydney are “about to go live”.

A new route option for Australian internet traffic will be available with the connection of the Indigo consortium’s cable.

“Eight years and 9300km later, Indigo Central (Sydney to Perth and Australia's first transcontinental fibre optic submarine cable) and [Indigo] West (Perth to Singapore via Jakarta) submarine cable is about to go live,” entrepreneur Bevan Slattery says.

“Massive thanks to the team ... and our consortium partners AARNet (Australia's Academic and Research Network), Google, Telstra, Singtel and Indosat Ooredoo.

“Sometimes the good ideas just take longer. And thanks to Nokia Alcatel Submarine Networks for being a great partner throughout.”

The project was originally to be built by SubPartners, which Slattery co-founded, but the project was renamed Indigo after a consortium of heavy-hitters came on board to fund its construction.

It is the second new subsea cable running Perth-Singapore, after Vocus’ Australia-Singapore Cable (ASC) was built and started carrying live traffic in September last year.