Monday, September 23, 2013

Hawaiki Plans 100G-capable Trans-Pacific Cable System

New Zealand's Hawaiki Cable Limited has awarded a turnkey supply and installation contract to TE SubCom to build a 14,000 km trans-Pacific cable linking Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the US west coast.

The Hawaiki cable system will be capable of 10 Tbps per fibre pair on the Australia/New-Zealand to USA trunk. A number of Pacific Islands located next to the cable route will be able to connect to the main trunk.  The undersea cable system elements - known as ‘wet plant’ - will be based on 100 Gbps wavelengths technology and are designed for future upgrades as terminal equipment advances. The cable system will also include SubCom’s Optical Add Drop Multiplexing (OADM) branching unit technology to connect multiple regional branches to the main cable.

“Our procurement process first started in October 2012 and has progressed according to plan. The supply contract with TE SubCom is a major step forward for Hawaiki and adds significant momentum to our project” said RĂ©mi Galasso, Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiki Cable Limited.

The Hawaiki cable system is planned for completion in late 2015.