Hawaiki Submarine Cable today announced commencement of marine operations for the southern portion of the Hawaiki Transpacific Submarine Cable System.
With more than 6500km of undersea fibre-optic cable on board, the TE SubCom cable ship Responder is now berthed in Sydney, poised to begin laying of Hawaiki cable from Sydney and then across the Pacific Ocean.
In this article, we include below two great videos, the first of the official Hawaiki press launch event, with a Q&A session, and then after that, a fantastic tour of Responder, the special cable laying ship – the article continues thereafter with new info on Amazon and Equinix making additional announcements.
Hawaiki press event with Q&A:
Responder submarine cable laying ship tour:
In an updated press release after the event conluded, we now know and can add that "Amazon Web Services has purchased capacity in the Hawaiki Submarine Cable to speed performance and reduce latency for its cloud customers operating between Australia/New Zealand and the US.
"It will complement AWS’s global infrastructure, which comprises 44 Availability Zones across 16 geographic regions worldwide (including one in Sydney, which opened in November 2012).
AWS Australia and New Zealand managing director Paul Migliorini said; “It is fitting that we are celebrating the fifth anniversary of the AWS Sydney Region at the same time that another milestone is being achieved in the historic development of the Hawaiki submarine cable.
"AWS customers in Australia and New Zealand are increasingly looking to take advantage of the benefits of the AWS Cloud to take their businesses global, and the Hawaiki submarine cable will play a key role in enabling that to happen.”
The landing location for the cable in Sydney has been selected as the SY4 facility of global data centre company, Equinix, located in Alexandria. It will connect to the cable via Coogee Beach
“We are delighted that Hawaiki has selected Equinix’s SY4 International Business Exchange™ data centre as the site of its landing station in Australia,” said Jeremy Deutsch, managing director of Equinix Australia.”
“The addition of this new subsea cable to the Equinix ecosystem increases the choice for the over 150 networks located in our interconnected Sydney Data Centre campus and will help to improve redundancy and flexibility for network and cloud providers,”