With its first cable system now well established, Hawaiki has unveiled some even bigger followup plans. The subsea cable operator has officially launched the Hawaiki Nui cable system, which will connect New Zealand and Australia with both North America and Southeast Asia.
As currently envisioned, the new cable system will span some 22,000km. The transpacific piece will connect Los Angeles with Sydney via Hawaii, complementing the company’s current system, with branches to Brisbane and Melbourne as well. But beyond that route, Hawaiki Nui would also reach out to New Zealand’s South Island to connect Christchurch, Dunedin, and Invercargill, and would also branch west to Darwin and on to Singapore and Jakarta.
Hawaiki Nui would also feature Spatial Division Multiplexing, a technique that could increase its potential capacity to as much as 240Tbps. The result would be not just massive new capacity, but significantly more diverse international connectivity for markets in New Zealand and Australia.
Construction is expected to begin in 2022, with an RFS date still three years out in 2025. Hawaiki has lined up a partnership with Moratelindo, which will act as the landing party in Indonesia and play a key role in the design and provisioning of both subsea and terrestrial infrastructure in Indonesia.
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