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# 239485 20-Jul-2018 11:32
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Independent telecommunications challenger, Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP today commenced commercial operations for its 15,000 km fibre optic deep-sea cable linking Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and United States.

 

The $US300 million Hawaiki Submarine Cable System represents a new dawn for digital communications in the region, delivering 43 terabits of additional capacity - several times the current levels of Australia and New Zealand combined - on a fully diverse subsea route.

 

“This 25-year transoceanic infrastructure opens the door for unprecedented levels of economic, social and research collaboration right across the Pacific,” said Hawaiki Chief Executive Officer, Remi Galasso.

 

“Hawaiki is the fastest and largest cross-sectional capacity link between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand. It will significantly enhance our connectivity to the rest of the world and, ultimately, improve the everyday lives of our communities.”

 

Since its inception, the project has attracted strong support from government and industry with anchor customers including Amazon Web Services, Vodafone, American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) and Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand (REANNZ).

 

Completion of the project is especially timely for South Pacific nations, which are seeing demand for capacity growing by 45% year-on-year. Hawaiki has been specifically-designed to meet these expanding requirements, providing infrastructure to support critical applications such as business-grade cloud services, real-time content delivery and ultra-low latency networks.

 

New Zealand’s leading university and research collaboration body, REANNZ has secured a 25-year anchor tenancy on behalf of the NZ Government, providing a major boon for the organisation as it seeks greater collaboration in solving some of the world’s biggest challenges.

 

“REANNZ and Hawaiki share a goal of increasing access to research and educational opportunities - for them in the Pacific and for us connecting researchers, educators and innovators, nationally and globally,” said REANNZ CEO Nicole Fergusson, adding that this new high-speed, high-performance connectivity removes the “tyranny of distance” allowing for the easy transfer of data-intensive research anywhere in the world.

 

Hawaiki also provides more security to the market through new and diverse paths on both trans-Tasman and trans-Pacific links. This enables its customers to build fully-redundant networks, including multiple routes, as well as an array of always-on services.

 

Vodafone’s Chief Executive Russell Stanners said, “We wish to congratulate the team at Hawaiki for their immense effort and persistence in getting to this stage. As an anchor tenant of the Hawaiki cable system, Vodafone can now offer our customers triversity across the international cable systems that connect New Zealand to the world. In addition to greater levels of resiliency, the Hawaiki cable system brings greater competition to the New Zealand market, meaning we now have more choice and flexibility when it comes to designing connectivity solutions that meet the diverse needs of New Zealand consumers and businesses alike.”

 

Hawaiki has included several stubbed branching units to enable the future connection of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. American Samoa will be connected from day one, after celebrating the cable’s final landing in April this year.

 

“Our connection to the Hawaiki cable has profound social and economic implications. It is a game changer for the digital landscape in American Samoa. The development of e-health and e-learning opportunities are now actionable items, which will overwhelmingly supply educational options and substantially improve the quality of healthcare services delivered to the people of American Samoa as we now have the required capacity to deliver true broadband access to all members of our community. We are already receiving and reviewing proposals from companies locally and from off-island for the establishment of business activities dependent on reliable, affordable, and high-speed internet connectivity. We are also in a perfect position to propose state-of-the-art connectivity, including a direct link to the US West coast, to our neighboring countries throughout the Pacific Islands region,” said Lolo M. Moliga, Governor of American Samoa. 

 

The construction of Hawaiki cable system, including the marine survey, design, manufacturing and cable laying, took 27 months and was undertaken by world leading supplier TE SubCom.

 

Sanjay Chowbey, President, TE SubCom said, “The Hawaiki Cable System is a great endeavor, achieved by a culmination of extraordinary effort and strong relationships. TE SubCom is pleased to play an important role in the success of this system which will add value to local economies and communities.”

 

“We are very grateful to all of our partners, including our customers, suppliers and financiers, who have been supporting us since the creation of the company,” Galasso concluded. “My partners, Sir Eion Edgar, Malcolm Dick, Greg Tomlinson, and I would like to express our deep gratitude and respect to Hawaiki’s employees, whose dedication, commitment and fighting-spirit made this idea a reality”, concluded Remi Galasso.

 





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Industry insiders predict that 90%+ of the additional capacity will be consumed by images and videos like this:

 


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  # 2059267 20-Jul-2018 11:52
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Nah, its all Gifs these days (or is that too last year already)

 

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  # 2059269 20-Jul-2018 11:59
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Inicdently, we docked into Noumea about the 3rd of this month infront of an odd looking boat. Being a geek and Reading the signage I noted it was the sumbarine cable layer

 

And this now explains why! Upload a pic later


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  # 2059279 20-Jul-2018 12:27
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43TB! We can all stream live video of our cats to the USA. :)

 

 


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  # 2059294 20-Jul-2018 13:12
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@frankv - 43 terabits is only 43Tb, not 43TB ;-)





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  # 2059302 20-Jul-2018 13:32
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Great work by the Hawaiki guys & REANNZ (and MBIE for getting the procurement process sorted!). I was interested in the comment on "fully diverse subsea route", which I guess means that you can go either left or right from the branching node into NZ. Is there any info on what operators and wholesalers are purchasing in terms capacity to capitalise on this capability?


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I can finally play the incredibly violent and sex depraved MMORPG of "Hello Kitty" without lag when I use my Nazi robot chainsaw flamethrower ... sweet!



 
 
 
 


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Please don't get banned. Please don't get banned. Please don't get banned.

 

 





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I was just sharpening my ban hammer, because rules are rules, and it IS a Friday. But, since you did 'axe' nicely @Rikkitic. Hmm...





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  # 2059325 20-Jul-2018 14:21
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My understanding was that this cable isn't diverse? I thought Southern Cross were still the only ones with redundancy.

 

But also... wake me up when something gets done about national transit costs - because they still suck!

 

Edit: It is cool to see the Islands getting connected though.


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  # 2060038 21-Jul-2018 16:15

I'm off to Samoa soon, I'll do some speedtests while I'm there. Approx 4.5 years ago, you could only get around 3.5mbit over there.





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  # 2060045 21-Jul-2018 16:34
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Aredwood: I'm off to Samoa soon, I'll do some speedtests while I'm there. Approx 4.5 years ago, you could only get around 3.5mbit over there.

 

Hawaiki doesn't go to Samoa, only American Samoa. 

 

I was actually in Samoa last month specifically to look at connectivity for a project and met with Digicel and Bluesky.  The new SSCC cable is now live between Samoa and Fiji where is connects with Southern Cross. Digicel are now using this for all connectivity rather than their previous O3b satellite backhaul so they have significantly more bandwidth now available. There is a very old cable that connects Samoa with American Samoa, but it's now considered EOL and the reason SSCC was built.

 

Bluesky were still only using the new cable for download at that point as they hadn't completed their migration.

 

It's interesting to look at the approaches between the two providers with Digicel focusing on transit in Sydney with all peering there. Bluesky are still focused on transit to the mainland US with all peering there as transit is cheaper, but it means connectivity to all the major CDN nodes is significantly higher.

 

 


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sbiddle:

 

Aredwood: I'm off to Samoa soon, I'll do some speedtests while I'm there. Approx 4.5 years ago, you could only get around 3.5mbit over there.

 

Hawaiki doesn't go to Samoa, only American Samoa. 

 

I was actually in Samoa last month specifically to cook at connectivity for a project and met with Digicel and Bluesky.  The new SSCC cable is now live between Samoa and Fiji where is connects with Southern Cross. Digicel are now using this for all connectivity rather than their previous O3b satellite backhaul so they have significantly more bandwidth now available. There is a very old cable that connects Samoa with American Samoa, but it's now considered EOL and the reason SSCC was built.

 

Bluesky were still only using the new cable for download at that point as they hadn't completed their migration.

 

It's interesting to look at the approaches between the two providers with Digicel focusing on transit in Sydney with all peering there. Bluesky are still focused on transit to the mainland US with all peering there as transit is cheaper, but it means connectivity to all the major CDN nodes is significantly higher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

a lot of the heaviest cdn traffic is http and can still be cached.. and they can probably get some local cdn nodes too.. connecting to US vs Sydney seems a better long term solution.. 


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  # 2060337 22-Jul-2018 10:33
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I am really happy for REANNZ as an anchor tenant they will use the cable.

 

But I doubt it will make any difference in retail internet pricing or speed in NZ.






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Interesting that Canterbury and Victoria Wellington universities pulled out of REANNZ at the beginning of the month citing inability to justify benefits vs costs of the service.

 

 

As I understand Vodafone is the only one in terms of a retail/commodity ISP having traffic flowing over the cable right now.

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