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The local carrier is working on repairs to teh Sea-Me-We-3 cable. Telstra has no control over those works. Can't answer the question about whether Telstra will use the ASC, but it was turned on early (was due to start operation today) by Vocus due to the latest Sea-Me-We-3 break.
Never be afraid to back yourself when trying new things, just always make sure you have 3 escape routes if things go wrong.
Indigo West link RFS Q1 2019 at best case! That's a fair wait for a capable alternative/replacement to the Sea-Me-We-3 . Considering all that has gone on with the existing cable , It would be a great move to utilise the new cable for the sake of the faithful customers .
By the time negotations with Vocus would be finished and physical infrastructure built as a bridge between Vocus and the Telstra POP, the cable Telstra actually has a partnership in and already sunk a significant investment into (probably at least a 7-8 figure sum) will probably be ready for service.
I am a Premium Services Support Consultant (Telstra Platinum, Telstra Smart Home, Locator/Device Locator and Neto POS). However, I am not an official representative on CrowdSupport.
Assuming that you need a lower latency/ping for gaming, you may want to look into subscription services that essentially reduce lag, as they specifically optimize traffic to be routed to gaming serves along the best route. They act similar to a VPN in how they route your traffic. If you have a VPN already, you may notice a decrease in ping as the route taken by the VPN provider may use the different fiber optic cable to Asia compared to the one Telstra uses.