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Hawaiki cable system will be ready for service in June 2018
Posted on 22-Jan-2018 12:32 | Filed under: News

Hawaiki cable system will be ready for service in June 2018

Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom have announced that more than half of the 15,000km of undersea fiber-optic cable that comprise the Hawaiki transpacific cable system have been implemented by TE SubCom.

 

With several thousands of kilometers of undersea fiber-optic cable on board, TE SubCom’s cable-laying vessel, CS Responder is now berthed in Auckland, poised to begin marine activities for the New Zealand leg of the transoceanic cable system later this month. The operation will include the landing of the Hawaiki cable in Mangawhai Heads.

 

Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii and American Samoa, with options to expand to additional South Pacific islands. With more than 43 Tb of new capacity available to the market, Hawaiki says it will introduce true competition and dramatically drop the cost of connectivity across the Pacific region.

 

“The start of 2018 finds Hawaiki closer and closer to ready for service”, said Remi Galasso, CEO of Hawaiki. “Landing the cable in its home country represents a major event for our team and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our New Zealand partners for their continuous support. Hawaiki will bring huge benefits to New Zealand in terms of greater connectivity to Australia and the US, security of supply, diversity and increased business opportunities for the Telecom and IT industries.”

 

“We’re proud of the progress to date on the Hawaiki system and look forward to it being ready for service later this year. The project showcases the SubCom team’s expertise in the transpacific market and has been a great example of the kind of partnership that results in a successful venture,” said Chris Carobene, vice president, Marine Services, TE SubCom.”

 

Other highlights from Hawaiki include:

 

• The FCC license was granted to Hawaiki in December 2017.
• The US domestic segment between Oregon and Hawaii was completed in the last quarter of 2017.
• The international segment between Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii has been underway since early November 2017.
• Cable landings in Pacific City, Oregon; Oahu, Hawaii; and Sydney, Australia have been successfully completed.
• Cable landing in American Samoa is scheduled in March 2018.
• The Hawaiki cable system will be ready for service in June 2018.

 



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