Hawaiki rolls out connectvity upgrade with Ciena

Hawaiki rolls out connectvity upgrade with Ciena

16 June 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Hawaiki confirms that it has gone live with a crucial upgrade to its Oregon point-of-interconnect on the US West Coast.

Deploying Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine network solution using Waveserver Ai, Hawaiki can create a more efficient and cost-effective link from Hawaii.

“This route previously went from Kapolei (Hawaii) to Pacific City (Oregon) where an optical-electrical-optical regeneration was required to allow protection on the terrestrial link to Hillsboro,” said Remi Galasso, chief executive officer, Hawaiki.

“We upgraded this part of our network with the deployment of a multi-span trunk switching solution from Ciena, enabling optical regeneration only. This allows the link to be extended right into the Hillsboro PoP with optical protection while eliminating the need for costly regeneration and reducing latency in our cable landing station.”

Shortly after the commercial launch of the Hawaiki 15,000km subsea cable in mid-2018, the system was upgraded with Ciena’s GeoMesh solution allowing Hawaiki to offer a total of 67Tbps of capacity, increasing its design capacity by 53%.

“We now offer a broad range of customer solutions, scaling from 1GbE, 10GbE and 100GbE services over 200Gbps, 250Gbps and 300Gbps wavelengths today,” Galasso added.

“Our increased investment and deepening collaboration with Ciena couldn’t come at a more important time, with organisations, communities and people across the Pacific - and globally - now so completely dependent on fast, reliable connectivity to maintain operations and quality of life during the current pandemic.”

This latest upgrade delivers Hawaiki’s customers in the region improved reliability and availability as well as lower latency, and comes as the company begins a major capacity upgrade to cope with customers’ growing requirements, including the spike in demand triggered by Covid-19.

“Ciena’s industry-leading solutions equip Hawaiki’s submarine network with greater flexibility and faster delivery, enabling them to better serve increasingly diverse customer needs,” said Rick Seeto, vice president and general manager of Asia-Pacific and Japan, Ciena.