Trustpower partners Hawaiki for subsea connectivity

15 May 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Trustpower, a New Zealand-based ISP and utility provider, has entered into an agreement with Hawaiki Submarine Cable to buy capacity on the Hawaiki submarine cable system.

Through the agreement, Trustpower can expand its ISP network to the US including a point of presence in Hillsboro, Oregon and secures its future international connective on the transpacific cable system.

“Hawaiki recognises the New Zealand market’s need for customised connectivity services that provide greater elasticity and improve revenue generation in a highly competitive market,” said Remi Galasso (pictured), chief executive officer of Hawaiki. “We are proud to work with Trustpower, one of New Zealand fastest-growing ISPs, which shares our ambition to serve bandwidth-hungry customers with the most comprehensive and cost-effective solution.”

The news is the latest in a series of commercial wins for Hawaiki as capacity demands continue to grow across Oceania, the Pacific and globally. Back in April, Hawaiki Submarine Cable extended its US footprint from Hillboro Oregon to the Westin Building Exchange (WBX) carrier hotel and data centre in Seattle with a new point of presence (PoP).

“Forming the relationship with Hawaiki was logical as we continue to grow,” added Vince Hawksworth, chief executive officer of Trustpower. “As more customers connect to higher-speed plans and consume more data, there is a need to contract directly with asset owners to deliver sustainable and resilient internet products and services to our customers.”

Trustpower chose Hawaiki because of its capacity solution, direct access to the US West Coast and competitive offerings. The $300 million Hawaiki submarine cable system was launched in July 2018 and according to the company is the fastest and largest capacity link between New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and mainland United States with a design capacity of 67Tbps. At the point of launch the system already had a number of anchor customers signed on including Vodafone, New Zealand, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Research and Advanced Network New Zealand (REANNZ), and American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA).