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Hawaiki to build trans-Pacific Hawaiki Nui cable system

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Hawaiki Submarine Cable Limited Partnership (Hawaiki) confirms the launch of Hawaiki Nui submarine cable system.

The soon-to-be-built cable is touted as the first and largest spatial division multiplexing (SDM) cable connecting South-East Asia, Australasia and North America.

Spanning 22,000km in length construction of the Hawaiki Nui system is due to start in 2022, with a tentative ready for service date of 2025.

With a design capacity of 240Tbps the system will provide end-to-end connectivity between the three main hubs of the Pacific region: Singapore, Sydney and Los Angeles. There are also landing planned in Jakarta and Batam.

“Coupled with the existing Hawaiki cable, Hawaiki Nui will significantly expand our subsea network and offer unparalleled connectivity and redundancy to customers operating in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Remi Galasso, founder and executive chairman of Hawaiki.

“Indonesia has become a strategic market in South-East Asia and we look forward to working closely with Moratelindo, which has demonstrated its unique ability to implement and operate subsea and terrestrial fibre networks in Indonesia over recent years.”

In Australia, Hawaiki Nui will link Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Darwin, while providing them with direct access to Singapore and Los Angeles. It will also be the first international cable to land in the South Island of New Zealand, linking Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill directly to Australia via a new and fully diverse subsea route. In addition, two branches will be built to connect Oahu and Big Island in Hawaii.

Speaking exclusively to Capacity, Galasso confirmed that traffic in Asia-Pacific market is 'booming' growing at an annual rate of more than 35%, driving the new for a new subsea cable. Also, that Hawaiki and Hawaiki Nui will interconnect with the existing Hawaiki cable at the Hawaii branches to create a resilient and redundant loop/ring-based network.

Also, for those that remember, Hawaiki Nui will also support the development of Galasso's Datagrid project comprised of a hyperscale data centre and two additional subsea cable projects, saying "our plan is to combine those two digital infrastructures".

Check out the full interview with Galasso in the December/January issue of Capacity Magazine.

At the same time, Hawaiki has selected Indonesian telco PT Mora Telematika Indonesia (Moratelindo) as its partner for Indonesia.

Under the terms of the partnership, Moratelindo will serve as the Indonesian landing party and acquire all necessary permits and authorisations in Indonesia for the project. It will also support the design and deployment of the cable, by defining the best subsea route and landings in Indonesia as well as the provisioning of local terrestrial infrastructures for landing the subsea cable.

“We are pleased to cooperate with Hawaiki and participate in the development of the Hawaiki Nui cable project," said Galumbang Menak, president director of Moratelindo.

"This new submarine cable system will provide an alternative low latency route for international connectivity to and from Indonesiaand reduce the country’s dependence on existing connections going through Singapore.”

In related news, earlier this year Hawaiki was acquired by the Singapore-based shipping company BW Digital. Through today's announcement it was confirmed that the transaction, subject to regulatory filings and approvals, is due to complete by early 2022.