As part of its system architecture, Hawaiki will land its proposed 14,000 km trans-Pacific cable from Australia and New Zealand to the U.S. West coast in Oahu, Hawaii.
Under the Letter of Intent signed by both parties, Hawaiian Telcom will provide Hawaiki with turnkey infrastructure and connectivity, including a cable landing station and terrestrial infrastructure in Makaha. Hawaiian Telcom will also be responsible for all permitting activities in Hawaii.
Rémi Galasso, Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiki Cable Limited, said Oahu is a strategic hub for traffic diversity in the North Pacific region and presented the best opportunity to interconnect with other cable systems.
“We have great expectations for our Hawaii landing station and took our time to select the best partner. As the leading communications provider in Hawaii, Hawaiian Telcom has a deep understanding of the local regulatory process as well as the knowledge and expertise to deliver a truly open access cable landing station that will offer a wide range of domestic backhaul solutions to Hawaiki’s customers,” said Galasso.
“The Hawaiki submarine cable system offers additional broadband capacity from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific to our state, which will strengthen our collective efforts to meet the growing global demand for increased bandwidth,” said Eric K. Yeaman, Hawaiian Telcom’s president and CEO. “As an experienced provider of cable landing station services, Hawaiian Telcom is pleased to have the opportunity to play a strong, supporting role in this endeavour that will help meet the trans-Pacific capacity needs of the people and businesses of Hawaii for many years to come.”
With all four landing points finalized, including Sydney in Australia, Whangarei in New Zealand, Pacific City in Oregon and Oahu in Hawaii, Hawaiki will now start the permitting process in each of the respective countries.
About Hawaiki Cable
Hawaiki Cable, headquartered in Auckland, is a New Zealand registered bandwidth supplier in the Pacific submarine cable market, and the owner and developer of the Hawaiki submarine cable system. The Hawaiki cable is a repeatered submarine cable system with a design capacity of 20 Tbps linking Whangarei, Sydney, Oahu and Oregon, on the US West coast. For more information, visit www.hawaikicable.co.nz.
About Hawaiian Telcom
Hawaiian Telcom, headquartered in Honolulu, is Hawaii’s leading provider of integrated communications, data center and entertainment solutions for business and residential customers. With roots in Hawaii beginning in 1883, the Company offers a full range of services including voice, video, Internet, data solutions, managed services, data center services including colocation and virtual private cloud, and other cloud-based services, and wireless supported by the reach and reliability of its network and Hawaii’s only 24/7 state-of-the-art network operations center. With employees statewide sharing a commitment to innovation and a passion for delivering superior service, Hawaiian Telcom provides an Always OnSM customer experience.