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Hawaiki transpacific cable system ready for installation

Written on Sunday, 01 October 2017 10:57

New Zealand-based Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd company, announced that the 14,000 km of undersea fiber-optic cable that comprise the Hawaiki transpacific cable system are in the final stages of being loaded aboard TE SubCom’s cable laying vessels ‘CS Global Sentinel’and‘CS Responder’. Installation of the system will commence in early October 2017.

“The coming months will see the realization of our vision for Hawaiki, a system that will impact the capabilities and economies of hundreds of Pacific communities,” said Remi Galasso, CEO of Hawaiki. “Considering the scope of the project, the progress to date has been staggering. It is a thrill to reach the installation phase and know that we will soon be ready to light the system and deliver much needed capacity to the region.”

Manufacturing has concluded at SubCom’s Newington, New Hampshire, U.S. facility, including more than 14,000 km of cable for Hawaiki and more than 170 completed repeaters. Cable has been fully loaded onto the ‘CS Global Sentinel’, and the ‘CS Responder’load is near completion. Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for the cable landing in Pacific City, Oregon and Sydney, Australia has been completed.

All installation permits for Australia, New Zealand and Oregon are already in hand, and continue to progress as expected in Hawaii. In Sydney, the construction of the land duct route is complete, the installation of the terminal equipment has started and the pulling of the land cable is scheduled to begin shortly. In New Zealand, the construction of the land duct route is complete and the construction of a new cable station is underway. The system is on schedule for completion by mid-2018.

Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii and American Samoa, with options to expand to additional South Pacific islands. Hawaiki will be the highest cross-sectional capacity link between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand. The carrier-neutral cable system was co-developed by New Zealand-based entrepreneurs Sir Eion Edgar, Malcolm Dick and Remi Galasso.  

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In a significant regulatory milestone, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) has announced its approval of the last remaining major permit needed to begin deployment of Docomo Pacific, Inc’s ATISA submarine fiber-optic cable system.

Following a comprehensive environmental impact study in which ACE consults with various federal resource agencies, this permit allows Docomo Pacific to proceed with the marine lay and shore landings for the submarine cable that will connect Guam, Saipan, Rota, and Tinian.

“We are delighted to celebrate this milestone,” said Jonathan Kriegel, Docomo Pacific’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “As the construction of our cable landing stations nears completion, this permit allows us to begin the marine lay portion of our submerged cable, bringing us even closer to deploying a high-performance network that will connect our students with educators, patients to doctors, researchers to scientists, loved ones to their families and so much more.”

Expected to be completed in the latter part of June, the ATISA submarine cable system will span approximately 279 kilometers (173 miles) and act as a communications and entertainment gateway, expanding connectivity and capacity between the Marianas.

The ATISA cable system will incorporate six optical fiber pairs, providing two-way data transmission and a minimum design capacity of 4.8 terabits per second on each pair.  ATISA will deliver broadband internet speeds up to 100 Mbps, new television entertainment options that include over 200 cable TV channels, fixed line telephone and an array of innovated enterprise solutions that are currently offered in Guam to customers in Saipan, Rota, and Tinian.

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The Marshall Islands, a chain of volcanic islands and coral atolls in the central Pacific Ocean, between Hawaii and the Philippines, now has internet services restored, after the nation endured a three-week blackout while its only subsea fiber-optic cable was repaired.

Services were cut in late December after a “power anomaly”, with phone and internet communications switched from landline to satellite, cutting bandwidth by 97 percent. It was reported that once the internet services were cut, locals realized just how important it was to their lives – even in a small island nation of 53,000 people.

Online access was cut back to just a few hours a day and social media slowed down significantly in the country. According to reports, businesses resorted to physically delivering documents rather than emailing them. The College of the Marshall Islands had to delay the start of its spring semester by a week since classes could not function without internet services.

“I’ve been greatly affected with the internet off for such a long time,” said Mailina Loek, a second year student at the school. “I haven’t been able to go online to search on the web, browse social media, and communication with my friends and family.”

When internet services were restored on Thursday night, 19 January, locals reported a sudden surge in residents posting photos and updates online, clearly pleased to once again have access to social media and the likes. National Telecommunications Authority general manager Tommy Kijiner Jr. said it took the repair crew longer than expected to identify the exact location of the problem on the cable, stretching the job out from nine days to 23.

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