A new marine route survey for a cable that is expected to spur growth and competition within the South Pacific telecommunications market has been launched on August 4. The cable, when completed, is also expected to greatly enhance international capacity.The Hawaiki submarine cable is a 14,000 km long system with a capacity to deliver more than 30 Tbps (terabytes per second) of data. It will be the highest cross-sectional capacity link between the US, Australia and New Zealand.
Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom, an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, launched the survey, seen as a significant stage in the deployment of the Hawaiki project, scheduled for completion in mid-2018.
The cable project will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii, with options to expand to several South Pacific islands. At this stage, American Samoa is the only Pacific Island country with a confirmed connection. The spur to American Samoa is included in the marine survey, a company source told Pacific Periscope. Negotiations with several Pacific Islands countries are ongoing and the marine survey is part of the contemplated contract, the source revealed.
Though from a financial point of view, Hawaiki’s business case cannot be based on the Pacific Islands as they represent a very small amount of capacity compared to the main routes between Australia and NZ to the US, Pacific Island countries are key partners for Hawaiki, says the source, “As we share the same goal of securing long-term access [25 years] to international connectivity and decreasing the overall cost of Internet.”
Considering the vital importance of broadband Internet for the socio-economic development of any country, Hawaiki represents a unique opportunity to have direct connectivity to a transpacific submarine cable system.
The company offers an all-in-one package, including the subsea infrastructure, the marine maintenance, the international bandwidth and direct connectivity to major points of presence in the US, Australia and New Zealand.
As a carrier-neutral cable system, Hawaiki is expected to usher in a new era of international connectivity benefiting 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.
Remi Galasso, Hawaiki chief executive officer said, “Each stage of this ground-breaking project is important, but after very carefully planning our transpacific route and conducting an extensive survey of each landing site, we are extremely pleased to launch the marine route survey, which will give us data necessary to safely and properly deploy the system in the coming months.
“Hawaiki is not only bringing competition and diversity to the market, but it’s also offering a future-proof solution to its customers in the most cost-effective fashion.”
Explaining the marine route survey Aaron Stucki, president of TE SubCom said, “Before deploying a cable system, a marine route survey is conducted to gather the geophysical and geotechnical data needed to ensure the cable is buried safely and securely. It’s a vital and significant step in the process of launching a new cable system and we share in Hawaiki’s excitement as our companies move forward with this project.”