TE SubCom to deploy Hawaiki fibre-optic cable

23 September 2013 |


US submarine cable vendor TE SubCom has reportedly signed an agreement with New Zealand firm Hawaiki Cable to design and implement their fibre-optic cable system, linking Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the west coast of the US.

Under terms of the contract, TE Subcom will deploy 14,000km of fibre-optic cable designed to accommodate 10Tbps per fibre pair.

“Our procurement process first started in October 2012 and has progressed according to plan,” Rémi Galasso, CEO of Hawaiki Cable, told local reporters.

“The supply contract with TE SubCom is a major step forward for Hawaiki and adds significant momentum to our project.”

The subsea cable will allegedly use 100G and TE SubCom’s Optical Add Drop Multiplexing (OADM) technologies, to allow multiple regional branches to connect to the main cable.

TE SubCom will monitor and collect data from the existing cable route and use this to design and manufacture the fibre-optic system which will be laid by cable ships in the Pacific Ocean.

The companies expect the deployment to complete in 2015.

Earlier this year, Hibernia Networks revealed TE SubCom as the new partner for its Project Express Cable, following a discrepancy with Chinese vendor Huawei.