Another item from the under the waves landed late last week. The Hawaiki Submarine Cable has officially moved off the drawing board and into the manufacturing plant of TE Subcom. Some 1,000km of cable is done, and the manufacturing of the repeaters is underway.
Additionally, the deep sea survey from Oregon to Hawaii is complete, while the South Pacific portion is ongoing. Landing surveys are complete in both Oregon and Hawaii, and the application for a landing license has been submitted to the FCC.
Hawaiki is expected to come online in mid 2018, and will connect the Oregon coast with New Zealand and Australia via Hawaii. It will also incorporate branching ports for later expansion to New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga along the 14,000km route. Latency on the route is expected to be in the 133ms range between the Australian and Oregon landing stations, and 125ms from that of New Zealand.
So it looks as if those who have been pushing for a new cable system on this route are closer than ever to realizing their dream. We've seen several projects proposed that would have challenged the dominance of Southern Cross on this route, but the funding had always been the challenge.
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