Vocus has added substantial volume of Hawaiki cable capacity to its network, and invested millions in network upgrades, in a move the telco says will greatly benefit its Australian and New Zealand customers.
Chief Executive of Vocus NZ and Wholesale and International Australia, Mark Callander, says the Hawaiki deal strengthens the company’s network and complements Vocus’ investment in its own cable systems. “Telco battle lines are being drawn at a network level. Our customers demand high-quality services with redundancy that ensures world-class connectivity.”
The Hawaiki cable links Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Hawaii and the US West Coast, and Callander says Vocus already has a large international customer using the cable.
“Investments like this greatly improve the quality of service that Australian and New Zealand customers will receive,” Callander says.
Callander says the Hawaiki deal joins a raft of New Zealand network investment, including the roll-out of next-gen optical hardware from Infinera on its Auckland to Hamilton route that allows 200Gbps per wavelength, Akamai capacity increased 400% with multiple 100G deployments into Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to ensure the network is Rugby World Cup ready.
A new diverse Christchurch core site established to host Content Distribution Network nodes and intercity backhaul, increase scale of Vocus Sydney POP, and upgrades to the Tauranga inter-city optical network, and new 100G UFB handovers.
Alongside these improvements, Vocus has seen an explosion of bandwidth at its Vocus Albany Datacentre. Callander says the bandwidth is almost solely due to hosting an Azure ExpressRoute at the Datacentre, and the company has boosted capacity to 800Gbps.
· Vocus completed the build of the Australia Singapore Cable in September 2018, opening up 40Tbps of capacity between the two countries, and providing a replacement option for the end-of-life Sea-Me-We3 cable.
· In 2016 it completed the North-West Cable System, a 2,000km fibre cable between landing stations at Port Hedland and Darwin.
· It is currently building the 4,700km Coral Sea Cable System with landing sites at both Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
· The Vocus international network also carries traffic from Australia and New Zealand to the United States via the Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN).