By Stuart Corner, Computerworld

Just a day after newcomer Hawaiki Cable announced completion of the survey route for its planned trans-Pacific cable, incumbent Southern Cross Cable has signed a contract for the route survey for its second system, Southern Cross NEXT, plans for which were announced in September 2016. The survey contractor was not named.

In its announcement Southern Cross claimed that signing of the contract, at The PTC conference in Hawaii, just five months after plans for NEXT were announced, demonstrated strong interest from potential customers.

President and CEO, Anthony Briscoe, said: “It is … extremely pleasing that customer commitment and interest in the Southern Cross NEXT project is so strong that we have been able to achieve this [initiate the marine survey] in less than six months.”

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