Tuesday, 24 November 2020 12:30

Hawaiki boosts cable capacity, speed with Ciena tech

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New Zealand cable operator Hawaiki Submarine Cable has announced that it would deploy Ciena's WaveLogic 5 Extreme technology that would provide an upgrade to meet the needs of customers who are facing a demand for more capacity and speed due to the ongoing pandemic.

In a statement, the company claimed Tuesday's upgrade would provide additional channel speed increases, lower latency, greater scale and better economic efficiency.

The Hawaiki trans-Pacific cable, launched in July 2018, is a 15,000-km fibre optic deep-sea, carrier-neutral cable with a design capacity of 67Tbps. It is the fastest and largest capacity link connecting Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii and the mainland United States.

Earlier this year, Hawaiki carried out an upgrade to its Oregon point-of-interconnect, deploying Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine network solution that uses Waveserver Ai stackable interconnect platform to create a more cost-effective link from Hawaii.

“As we continue to see unprecedented demand for more connectivity, including a significant increase driven by the global pandemic, it was essential for Hawaiki to further expand its network capabilities to better serve the market,” said Hawaiki chief executive Rémi Galasso.

“Ciena has delivered outstanding results during our trial and this new upgrade makes Hawaiki the first subsea operator in the South Pacific Trans-Oceanic region to achieve 500Gbps wavelengths.”

The statement said Hawaiki also planned to use Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan domain controller, which would deliver greater control and visibility of the network, making it easier to pre-empt and prevent service disruptions.

“Hawaiki continues to push the envelope by upgrading its network to significantly increase the wavelength channel speeds,” said Rick Seeto, vice-president and general manager of APJ, Ciena.

“This will enable the continued delivery of innovative capacity solutions that will drive socio-economic benefits for businesses and consumers across the Pacific region.”


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