23 April 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
The $350 million Hawaiki subsea cable has made its final landing in American Samoa, in partnership with America Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA).
The 14,000km transpacific system is scheduled to go live by
June 2018 and will offer the region access to 200Gb of
Commenting on the final cable landing, Remi Galasso, CEO of
Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, explained what the implications
of the cable is for Pacific Nations.
"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," he said.
The project began in 2016 and connects the US with Australia
and New Zealand. It runs from Pacific City in Oregon via
Kapolei in Hawaii, to Mangawhai Heads in New Zealand and
Sydney, Australia, including the branch in American Samoa that
landed today. In addition, Hawaiki has added three extra
branching units to create future connections in New Caledonia,
Fiji and Tonga.
Commenting at the time, Remi Galasso Hawaiki CEO, said: "The
system includes some branching units as well for the islands
– American Samoa is already in, and we expect a few
more coming in the next few months. We have included in the
system a branching unit for Fiji, another one for Tonga, and
another one for the French territory of New Caledonia."
Back in 2013, TE SubCom came on board as the
designer-builder of the 10Tbps per fibre pair cable. Production
began in October of 2016, with the first cable landing in
Oregon taking place in October 2017. By November the cable had
reached its landing station in Sydney and at the top of this
year it had appointed XSite Modular, the design-builder of
modular cable landing stations, to build a cable landing
station in Oahu Hawaii.
American Samoa will act as the cable’s hub for
the Polynesian region, with the company indicating that the
extra capacity may drive down broadband pricing in the region.
There are three fibre pairs along its entire route. Two between
Sydney and the US and one between New Zealand and the US.
Additionally there are two maintenance vessels that will repair
the system over its 25 year lifespan – guaranteed by