Hawaiki expands subsea cable route to the US

20 June 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Hawaiki Submarine Cable has expanded its subsea network with a new direct route to Los Angeles.

The expanded offering delivers greater connectivity and route diversity to clients operating between Australia, New Zealand and the US.

“As demand for capacity continues to rise sharply, customers are constantly looking for versatile connectivity solutions. This expansion marks an important milestone for Hawaiki as it both strengthens our position in the US market and greatly enhances our network flexibility,” said Remi Galasso (pictured), CEO, Hawaiki.

The new route, located on the easterly segment of the SEA-US cable, completes Hawaiki’s existing links to the US, including Hillsboro, Seattle and Hawaii. Los Angeles becomes Hawaiki’s third point of presence (PoP) on the US west coast.

“It also provides our customers with powerful new options in terms of capacity products, delivery points and route diversity,” added Galasso.

In particular, the innovative architecture introduces a new ultra-low latency path between Sydney and Los Angeles, specifically designed to optimally support latency-sensitive applications such as online gaming and high frequency trading.

The $300 million Hawaiki system went live in July 2018, delivering a 15,000km fibre-optic deep-sea, carrier-neutral cable with a design capacity of 67Tbps. Hawaiki is the fastest and largest capacity link connecting Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii and mainland US.

Back in May, Trustpower, a New Zealand-based ISP and utility provider, 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.