Ciena increases capacity on Hawaiki cable by 50%

25 September 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

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Hawaiki Submarine Cable has chosen Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme solution based on Waveserver Ai and various packet-optical networking platforms to upgrade its subsea cable connectivity.

Using Ciena’s GeoMesh solution will enable Hawaiki to offer the lowest cost per transported bit and evolve to a total of 67Tbps in transmission speeds. A 535 increase in Hawaiki’s design capacity when it was launched.

The 15,000km fibre-optic cable system connects Sydney-Australia, Mangawhai Heads - New Zealand, Tafuna - American Samoa, Kapolei – Hawaii and Pacific City – Oregon. The $300 million, 43 Tbps system went live last month and in an exclusive interview with Capacity, Hawaiki CEO Remi Galasso said: “My dream is to see what the Hawaiki cable can do to improve quality of life for Pacific islands people.”

“Hawaiki is making its mark in the Pacific region by delivering greater connectivity, diverse routes and competitive pricing that are greatly benefitting local businesses and consumers, said - Rick Seeto, vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific and Japan, Ciena. “Ciena’s optical and packet networking platforms will serve as a great complement to Hawaiki’s already extensive submarine network, addressing and adapting to the modern requirements of a bandwidth-hungry environment.”

In addition, using Ciena’s 6500 Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE) as well as its Waveserver AI platform, which are both powered by WaveLogic AI, Hawaiki can scale up from 1GbE, 10GbE and 100GbE services over 200G and 250G wavelengths.

“As the provider of the largest and fastest link between Australia, New Zealand, and the US, we recognise our customers’ need for innovative capacity solutions that support a shorter time-to-market and improved revenue generation. Our collaboration with Ciena will allow us to both scale our infrastructure with minimal operational complications and meet market requirements for greater connectivity and diversity across the Pacific,” added Remi Galasso, chief executive officer, Hawaiki Submarine Cable.