Vocus Rolls Out Network Upgrades, Adds Hawaiki Capacity

By CIO New Zealand
September 4, 2019

Vocus has added substantial volume of Hawaiki submarine cable capacity to its network, and invested millions in network upgrades.Vocus has added substantial volume of Hawaiki cable capacity to its network, and invested millions in network upgrades.

Mark Callander, chief executive of Vocus NZ and Wholesale and International Australia, says the Hawaiki deal strengthens the company’s network and complements Vocus’ investment in its own cable systems.

“Telco battle lines are being drawn at a network level. Our customers demand high-quality services with redundancy that ensures world-class connectivity,” says Callander, in a statement.

The Hawaiki cable links Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Hawaii and the US West Coast.

Callander says Vocus already has a large international customer using the cable.

“Investments like this greatly improve the quality of service that Australian and New Zealand customers will receive,” he states.

Callander says the Hawaiki deal joins a raft of New Zealand network investments, including the rollout of next-gen optical hardware from Infinera on its Auckland to Hamilton route that allows 200Gbps per wavelength, Akamai capacity increased 400 per cent with multiple 100G deployments into Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to ensure the network is ready for the Rugby World Cup.

Vocus says it has also seen an explosion of bandwidth at its Vocus Albany data centre.

Callander says the bandwidth is almost solely due to hosting an Azure ExpressRoute at the data centre, and the company has boosted capacity to 800Gbps.

“Businesses are demanding high performing cloud services and platforms, such as those provided by Azure, and these platforms require world-class networks and continual development and investment if you truly want to unleash their full potential,” he states.

“As a telco and network expert, we are dedicated to ensuring our customers get the best service and experience possible.”

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