The race to build an underwater internet cable from Perth to Singapore took another turn yesterday, with the Bevan Slattery-backed SubPartners engaging a company to build 3300km deep-water component of its proposed $200 million project.

Mr Slattery yesterday claimed the deal would help it deliver the Singapore line, as well as a connecting Perth-to-Sydney line, within 24 months.

The company engaged US-based TESubCom for the "APX-West" cable to Singapore. SubPartners and said it could now concentrate on commercial negotiations to fund the project.

SubPartners, telecommunications provider Nextgen and Trident Subsea Cable are battling it out to find the funding and build three distinct underwater cable projects, which will start at City Beach and run to Singapore.

It is likely only one will proceed.

The West Australian

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