While the Pacific Fibre effort may have collapsed, the dream of more and bigger pipes hooking up New Zealand with the US west coast clearly hasn’t. According to Capacity Magazine, TE Subcom has now signed on to help build the Hawaiki Cable system, an effort that hopes to succeed by offering solutions to more than one problem.
The $350M Hawaiki effort connects to both Australia and New Zealand by way of Hawaii. But along the way they look to branch out to other destinations in the South Pacific such as Samoa and Fiji, and to provide an alternate route across the Tasman Sea as well. At 10Tbps per fiber via 100G technology, it’s clearly meant for some big bandwidth.
In the last month or so, they’ve started to line up early customers. Australia’s TPG and New Zealand’s Orcon have each signed on for chunks of international bandwidth. As we’ve seen before, that’s not enough to guarantee the system will be built. However, I suspect they may have finally cracked the nut this time and found a way to challenge Southern Cross.
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