Hawaiki Cable Will Stimulate Growth within the South Pacific Capacity Market
AUCKLAND, New Zealand and EATONTOWN, N.J., USA – Oct. 13 2016 – Another significant milestone has been reached in the deployment of Hawaiki, the 14,000 km transpacific cable system scheduled for completion in mid-2018, as Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, announced that system manufacturing has commenced. Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii, with options to expand to several South Pacific islands.
Hawaiki Cable Updates
• More than 1,000 kilometers of lightweight cable has been manufactured to date for Hawaiki at TE SubCom’s facility in Newington, N.H., USA.
• Manufacturing of Hawaiki repeaters is underway.
• Detailed landing surveys have been completed for sites in Pacific City, Oregon and Kapolei, Hawaii.
• The Hawaiki marine route survey is ongoing, with highlights including:
• Completion of deep sea survey from Oregon to Hawaii
• Survey has covered all of U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), with the completion of the branch to American Samoa
• Progress through the South Pacific Islands continues unabated.
• In September 2016, Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP officially submitted for a submarine cable landing license from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
• Demonstrating its commitment to the connectivity of Pacific Islands, Hawaiki has added three additional branching units to enable the future connection of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga.
About Hawaiki Cable
• Hawaiki will be the highest cross-sectional capacity link between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand.
• As a carrier-neutral cable system, Hawaiki will usher in a new era of international connectivity benefitting businesses and consumers across the Pacific region.
• The system was co-developed by New Zealand-based entrepreneurs Sir Eion Edgar, Malcolm Dick and Remi Galasso.
“We’ve seen tremendous progress with Hawaiki in the past several months, with each step bringing us closer to a completed, working system,” said Remi Galasso, CEO of Hawaiki. “We remain on time and on budget, and trust that in conjunction with TE SubCom, Hawaiki will be fully lit by mid-2018, bringing competition and diversity to the market, and vital connectivity to the region.”
“The manufacturing stage of Hawaiki is moving forward precisely as planned and overall progress is only going to gain momentum from here,” said Aaron Stucki, president of TE SubCom. “With manufacturing of cable and repeaters underway, we are right where we should be on our deployment timeline.”