Hawaiki Submarine Cable System Commences Construction


Hawaiki Submarine Fiber Cable System has commenced the construction of a fiber optic link to connect Australia with New Zealand. The construction of the undersea communication link will be carried out by TE Subcom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology.

The Hawaiki submarine cable system is a new trans-Pacific cable, which will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii, with options to expand to several South Pacific islands. Permitting and initial route planning began in June 2015 and the system will be completed by mid-2018. The 14,000 km cable system will deliver more than 30 Tbps of capacity via TE SubCom’s C100U+ Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE) and will allow for optional connectivity to islands along the route utilizing TE SubCom’s industry-leading optical add/drop multiplexing (OADM) nodes.

Sir Eion Edgar and Remi Galasso, the co-developers of the project, have entered into a long- term partnership and joined forces with entrepreneur Malcolm Dick, to fund and operate the multi-million dollar cable system. Hawaiki will be a privately-owned and carrier-neutral cable for the Pacific region.

“This is a fantastic achievement for the team. We are delighted to move to the implementation phase and pursue our collaboration with TE SubCom,” said Galasso, chief executive officer of Hawaiki. “They have demonstrated a full commitment to the project since the early stages of development and are a true partner of Hawaiki.”

Sir Eion added, “This is the beginning of a new era for New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in terms of international connectivity. We are excited to be at the forefront of this very significant infrastructure investment.”

“The lack of an alternative cable system connecting Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. has long been a concern of mine, so I am delighted to be part of this project,” said Dick. “Having built telco businesses in both Australia and New Zealand in the past, I am very aware of the need to provide competition by being independent of the incumbent operators. This increased level of competition and capacity should make data caps a thing of the past.”

“The Hawaiki cable system will enhance international capacity for New Zealand and Australia directly to the U.S., providing them with a vital communication advancement that the region has been in need of for quite some time,” said Aaron Stucki, president of TE SubCom. “We are honored to play a key role in a project that will undoubtedly help support the economic development in the region thanks to this state-of-the-art infrastructure.”

Thanks to its cutting edge architecture, Hawaiki will be the fastest link between Sydney and the U.S. West coast and provide Australia, the largest capacity market in the South Pacific region, with a powerful solution. It will also provide New Zealand with direct connectivity to Australia and the U.S., providing an alternative route between Hawaii and Oregon. This route also allows for a diverse and secure route from existing systems.

TE SubCom (SubCom), a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, is an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, and a leading global supplier for today’s undersea communications requirements. As a vertically integrated supplier, SubCom designs, manufactures, deploys and maintains the industry’s most reliable fiber optic cable systems. Its solutions include long-haul and regional systems, repeaters networks, capacity upgrades, offshore oil and gas, and scientific research applications. SubCom brings end-to-end network knowledge and global experience to support on-time delivery and the needs of customers worldwide. To date, the company has deployed more than 100 cable systems and enough subsea communication cable to circle the Earth 15 times at the equator. For more information, visit www.SubCom.com.

TE Connectivity is a $12 billion global technology leader whose connectivity and sensor solutions are essential in today’s increasingly connected world. The company collaborates with engineers to transform their concepts into creations – redefining what’s possible using intelligent, efficient, and high-performing TE products and solutions proved in harsh environments.

Hawaiki Submarine Cable company wants to significantly contribute to the development of Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands’ economies by providing future-proof capacity and direct access to the US market with the greater aims on mind such as:
– Increase international broadband availability
– Stimulate economic growth by eliminating the double tyranny of distance and over-priced international bandwidth
– Introduce true competition in New Zealand and in the connected Pacific Islands
– Drop the cost of Internet access for the end-users
Thanks to its specific design, the Hawaiki Cable represents a solution to improve:
– Trans-Pacific connectivity between Australia, New Zealand, and the US
– Trans-Tasman connectivity between Australia and New Zealand
– Hawaii connectivity to Continental US
– Pacific Islands connectivity to New Zealand, Australia, and the US


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