|New Zealand’s Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran recently announced that the new Hawaiki Transpacific cable system should be up and running by mid-2018, improving and enhancing New Zealand’s international connectivity.
“This cable will provide significantly more capacity for international data traffic, ensuring our growing domestic demands for data are supported,” said Curran. “It will also increase competition in our international cable market, as New Zealand’s first and only carrier-neutral cable.”
It joins New Zealand’s two other cable systems – Southern Cross and Tasman Global Access – in carrying the majority of internet traffic to and from New Zealand.
“The Hawaiki cable will also improve our resilience in a disaster by giving us an additional physical data link to the rest of the world, a new landing point here and by taking a different under-sea route than our other existing cables,” Curran continued. “Spurs off the main cable will go to four Pacific countries giving them access to reliable, fast data for medical and research purposes.”
The Government supported the Hawaiki cable through an initial contribution of NZ$15 million as part of a tenancy contract between REANNZ and Hawaiki.
Operations for the New Zealand leg of the Hawaiki Transpacific Cable system recently started in January, with the cable expected to be up and running by June 2018.
The Hawaiki Cable is a 15,000 km undersea fibre-optic cable that links New Zealand and Australia to Hawaii and mainland USA.
The cable is expected to be the fastest communications link between Australasia and USA, and provide more than 43 Terabits of new capacity – around seven times the current capacity of the Southern Cross cable system.