Australia's international capacity gets a big boost

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Friday, 20 July, 2018

Australia's international capacity gets a big boost

Australia’s and New Zealand’s international capacity has received a major boost with the commercial launch of a new subsea cable connecting the nations with Hawaii and the west coast of the continental US.

The 15,000 km Hawaiki Submarine Cable will deliver 43 terabits per second of additional capacity to the region, which represents several times the current capacity levels of Australia and New Zealand combined.

The US$300 million cable system, commissioned and operated by New Zealand-based Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, lands at Sydney in Australia, Mangawhai Heads in New Zealand, Oahu in Hawaii and Pacific City, Oregon on the continental United States.

In addition, the cable system has branching units to enable the future connection of several Pacific islands — New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. There is already a branch to American Samoa.

Hawaiki CEO Remi Galasso said the cable will provide a significant and much-needed capacity boost for the Pacific region. He noted that traffic in South Pacific nations has been growing by 45% year-on-year.

“This 25-year transoceanic infrastructure opens the door for unprecedented levels of economic, social and research collaboration right across the Pacific,” he said.

“Hawaiki is the fastest and largest cross-sectional capacity link between the US 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.”

The Hawaiki cable already has anchor customers — signed up before the cable was operational — including AWS, Vodafone Group and Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand.

The company engaged subsea cable solutions provider TE Subcom to develop and deploy the cable system. The total design construction and deployment process took 27 months.

Image credit: ©Victoria/Dollar Photo Club

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