Hawaiki cable installation to begin next month

Hawaiki Submarine Cable says manufacture of its submarine cable that will link New Zealand and Australia with the US west coast is now complete

Hawaiki Submarine Cable says manufacture of its submarine cable that will link New Zealand and Australia with the US west coast is now complete and installation will commence in October, with the system scheduled to come into service a year later.

The complete system comprises 14,000kms of cable and 170 repeaters. It has been manufactured by US company, TE Subcom and has been loaded onto two cable-laying ships: the CS Global Sentinel and the CS Responder.

Hawaiki says a number of other prerequisites to installation of the complete system have been achieved. These include: horizontal directional drilling for the cable landings in Oregon and Sydney; granting of installation permits for Australia, New Zealand and Oregon (that for Hawaii is still in train).

Also, construction of the land duct route in Sydney is complete, installation of the terminal equipment has started and the pulling of the land cable is scheduled to begin shortly. In New Zealand, construction of the land duct route is complete and construction of a new cable station is underway.

Hawaiki CEO, Remi Galasso, said “The coming months will see the realisation of our vision for Hawaiki, a system that will impact the capabilities and economies of hundreds of Pacific communities.

However the only Pacific Island connection shown on the company’s latest route map is to Tafuna in American Samoa. Connections to Fiji, Tonga and New Caledonia are shown as ‘stubs’

The company’s plan to connect to Fiji suffered a setback in December when the World Bank announced US$5.95 million loan funding to support the construction of a new cable to connect the Southern Cross Cable network to Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second most populated island.

The connection to American Samoa was announced in April 2016 with Galasso saying: “We believe Hawaiki is a unique opportunity for the Pacific Islands to have direct connectivity to a trans-Pacific submarine cable system,” and claiming to offer “a very competitive option for the Pacific Islands with an all-in-one package, including the subsea infrastructure, the marine maintenance, the international bandwidth and direct connectivity to major points of presence in the US, Australia and New Zealand.”

Also, parties associated with Australia’s Norfolk Island lobbied hard for the Australian government to fund the $A30m they said would be required to connect Hawaiki to the Island, but were unsuccessful.

 

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