Hawaiki picks US landing partner for subsea cable

telecomasia.net

Hawaiki Submarine Cable, the New Zealand based company building a cable between Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and the continental US, has selected its landing and operating partner in the US state of Oregon.

Hawaiki has signed a landing party agreement with Alaska Communications after completing the maritime survey of the 4,000km segment between Oregon's Pacific City and Honolulu.

The completed cable will span 14,000km and deliver more than 30Tbps of total capacity, making it the largest link between the US and Australia/New Zealand.

“Oregon is probably the best state on the US West Coast to land a submarine cable. The

coast is relatively safe, the state permitting process is efficient and most importantly, our

customers like Oregon’s diversity and easy access to US networks and data centers,” Hawaiki SVP for Noth America Gina Bohreer said.

“As part of the US permitting process for international submarine cable, Hawaiki has

subsequently submitted its application to the Federal Communication Commission.”

The company has already signed on anchor customers including AWS  and major Australian fixed-line ISP group TPG Telecom.

Construction of the Hawaiki cable is expected to be complete in mid-2018.

About the author

Commentary

5G and data center-friendly network architectures

Matt Walker / MTN Consulting

Webscale and transmission network operators' interests are aligning as the 5G era dawns

Matt Walker / MTN Consulting

Webscale and transmission network operators' interests are aligning as the 5G era dawns

Rémy Pascal / Analysys Mason

The launch of 5G by South Korean operators serves as a first benchmark for other operators around the world