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Hawaiki Cable and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity company, have announced that more than half of the 15,000km of undersea fibre-optic cable that comprises the Hawaiki trans-Pacific cable system has been implemented.

Implemented by TE SubCom, the company says its cable-laying vessel, CS Responder, is now berthed in Auckland, poised to begin marine activities for the New Zealand leg of the trans-oceanic cable system later this month. The operation will include the landing of the Hawaiki cable in Mangawhai Heads.

Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland US, as well as Hawaii and American Samoa, with options to expand to additional South Pacific islands.

As the first and only carrier-neutral cable system between Australia, New Zealand and the US, Hawaiki claims it will be in a unique position to meet new market requirements and deliver tailored capacity solution at the most competitive price.

“The start of 2018 finds Hawaiki closer and closer to ready for service”, said Remi Galasso, chief executive of Hawaiki.

“Landing the cable in its home country represents a major event for our team and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our New Zealand partners for their continuous support.

“Hawaiki will bring huge benefits to New Zealand in terms of greater connectivity to Australia and the US, security of supply, diversity and increased business opportunities for the Telecom and IT industries.”

“We’re proud of the progress to date on the Hawaiki system and look forward to it being ready for service later this year. The project showcases the SubCom team’s expertise in the transpacific market and has been a great example of the kind of partnership that results in a successful venture,” said Chris Carobene, vice-president, Marine Services, TE SubCom.

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

 

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