Hawaiki taps TE SubCom for subsea cable

Dylan Bushell-Embling
24 Sep 2013

New Zealand subsea cable startup Hawaiki Cable Limited has contracted TE SubCom to supply and install its planned 14,000km cable linking Australia, New Zealand and the US.

The exact size of the contract was not disclosed, but the companies said it is a “multi-million dollar deal.”

TE SubCom will design and deploy a cable with a capacity of 10 Tbps per fiber pair. The Hawaiki cable is scheduled for completion in late 2015.

The cable will run to the US west coast via Hawaii, and will likely branch to Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Samoa, American Samoa, Norfolk and Wallis Island.

Subsea cable system elements will be based on 100 Gpbs wavelength technology, and designed to allow for future upgrades as new technology is developed.

Hawaiki Cable last month revealed it had already signed an agreement to lease capacity on the system to Australian ISP TPG Telecom.

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