The multi-million dollar deal will also include a subsea branch to the capital Noumea and connect the island to the US, Australia and New Zealand.
A statement from the recently incorporated SCCI — the Société Calédonienne de Connectivité Internationale — said the new cable had a customised design and connected both New Caledonia's Main Island and the Isle of Pines.
The signing ceremony was attended by the custom chiefs of Isle of Pines’ eight tribes, government and business officials. The new cable has been named "Tomoo", the local nââ kwênyii word for the “tricot rayé” indigenous sea snake, a source of protection according to tribal legends.
“All the tribes of the island have come together to support the Tomoo cable, which will bring broadband connectivity to our population.”
At the moment, New Caledonia has only one submarine cable connection which is operated by the incumbent government-owned carrier.
SCCI managing director Steffen Holzt said: "We have received very supportive comments from the government and the business community, and look forward to helping accelerate the digital development of New Caledonia.”
Hawaiki chief sales officer Virginie Frouin said: “Thanks to SCCI and the Tomoo cable, New Caledonia will be able to enjoy the multiple benefits of Hawaiki’s international connectivity and boost the development of its digital economy, both locally and in the Pacific region.” Tomoo is scheduled for completion by 2021.