By Samantha Bookman, Fierce Telecom
Submarine cabling provider TE Subcom and Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP have started the next phase in deployment of a new transpacific cable that will bring a much-needed additional 30 Tbps of capacity between Australia, New Zealand and the United States, including Hawaii.
The two companies completed a three-month survey of landing sites and are now launching a marine route survey of the planned 14,000 km cable.
When complete, the carrier-neutral Hawaiki cable will offer the highest cross-sectional capacity link between the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. In addition to connecting Hawaii, the cable can optionally expand to several other Pacific islands — a spur is already contracted for American Samoa. The cable is scheduled to go live in June 2018.