Vocus adds Hawaiki capacity to its network amidst upgrades

Vocus adds Hawaiki capacity to its network amidst upgrades

05 September 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Vocus has added a large amount of capacity from the Hawaiki subsea cable to its network, alongside a multi-million investment in network upgrades.

"Telco battle lines are being drawn at a network level. Our customers demand high-quality services with redundancy that ensures world-class connectivity,” said Mark Callander, chief executive of Vocus NZ and Wholesale and International Australia. “Investments like this greatly improve the quality of service that Australian and New Zealand customers will receive.” 

According to CIO New Zealand, the deal with Hawaiki comes at the same time as number of network investments, including the rollout of next-gen optical hardware from Infinera along its Auckland to Hamilton route. The upgrade also allows 200Gbps per wavelength as well as this, Akamai capacity increased 400% with multiple 100G deployments into Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to ensure the network is ready for the Rugby World Cup.

Callander also confirmed that Vocus has also seen an increase in bandwidth at its Vocus Albany data centre, which is largely due to hosting an Azure ExpressRoute at the facility that has boosted capacity to 800Gbps

“Businesses are demanding high performing cloud services and platforms, such as those provided by Azure, and these platforms require world-class networks and continual development and investment if you truly want to unleash their full potential," continued Callander. “As a telco and network expert, we are dedicated to ensuring our customers get the best service and experience possible.”

Earlier this month, Vocus and Alcatel successfully landed its 4,700km Coral Sea cable from Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Australia, and it should be ready for service by December of this year.

Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) laid the cable using from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Honiara, Solomon Islands using its Île-de-Bréhat ship to Sydney’s Tamarama Beach. Australia’s Vocus Group is a partner in the project.