Monday, 23 April 2018 15:52

Hawaiki's cable completes final landing in American Samoa, ready for June 2018 start Featured

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Hawaiki Transpacific Cable has reached its final landing in American Samoa, and with the cable "on schedule to be ready-for-service June 2018", we're told that Pacific nations will "soon enjoy powerful e-health and e-learning services".

From Hawaiki's announcement of the construction of its Transpacific Cable Network in April 2016 through to its being ready for redeployment in September 2017, there's been justified excitement over the extra capacity the cable would bring to Australia and the region.

Laying of the southern portion of Hawaiki cable was set to start on 3 November 2017, as reported, which iTWire followed up with extensive videos of the launch event and Responder cable-laying ship tour.

Then we learned in early January 2018 that the NZ leg of the Hawaiki cable was underway as the halfway point was reached, but come April 2018, the final landing for its Transpacific Cable Network was celebrated "after connecting the Pacific nation of American Samoa in a traditional ceremony attended by key government and industry officials".

We're reminded this latest landing "follows successful connections at Sydney and Mangawhai Heads, north of Auckland, in 2017 and early 2018, and completes the project’s 15,000 km journey ahead of the final splice and commercial launch in June 2018".

"In partnership with America Samoa Telecommunications Authority", Hawaiki says it will "deliver 200Gb of additional capacity to the US territory. More broadly, it will deliver more than 43 terabits of new capacity to the South Pacific region, 10 times the current consumption of Australia and New Zealand".

Remi Galasso, chief executive of Hawaiki Submarine Cable, said the cable would have "profound implications for Pacific Nations, many of which have been far behind the rest of the world for some time".

Galasso added: “With Hawaiki’s Transpacific Cable Network, Pacific Nations will soon have more than enough capacity to comfortably support crucial services such as e-health and e-learning that will have a significant and immediate impact on the many diverse economies and communities throughout the region.”

For those needing a refresher, Hawaiki Submarine Cable is headquartered in Auckland, and is "the owner and developer of the Hawaiki submarine cable system".

Hawaiki is "a carrier-neutral submarine cable linking Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Oregon, on the US west coast", with more information here

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