Hawaiki Submarine Cable has named DRFortress as its landing and operating partner in Hawaii saying this will make the Hawaiki cable landing station, on the main island of Oahu, the first open-access station in Hawaii and will “help to unlock the Hawaiian connectivity market.”
The move is the latest in the company’s plans to link Australia and New Zealand to the US and follows a supply contract in March and the start of the marine survey in August.
DRFortress claims to be the only carrier-neutral data centre and cloud services provider operating in Hawaii. President, Fred Rodi, said the company’s role in Hawaiki represented “an extension of DRFortress’ core business services of maintaining/operating our existing mission-critical data centre [and] further advances our vision to grow the importance of the State of Hawaii as the digital hub for Asia Pacific. “
Gina Bohreer, senior vice president North America of Hawaiki, said Hawaii was a key market for Hawaiki. “In 2015, we made the decision to invest substantially in Oahu and purchased land in Kapolei to build our cable landing station. We look forward to partnering with DRFortress, who understands our customers’ requirements in terms of neutrality and choice for local connectivity and diversity.”
The cable is scheduled to be in service by mid-2018. Hawaiki says it will deliver more than 30Tbps of capacity and will be the fastest and largest link between the US and Australia and New Zealand.