Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom have achieved another milestone with the start of the system manufacturing for the Hawaiki transpacific cable system.
Hawaiki, the 14,000 km long cable system, will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii, with options to expand to several South Pacific islands.
Until now, more than 1.000 kilometers of cable has been manufactured at TE SubCom’s facility in Newington, USA, and the manufacturing of repeaters is underway.
The company informed that detailed landing surveys have been completed for sites in Pacific City, Oregon and Kapolei, Hawaii.
In addition, Hawaiki marine route survey from Oregon to Hawaii has also been completed. The survey covered all of U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), with the completion of the branch to American Samoa.
In September 2016, Hawaiki Submarine Cable officially submitted for a submarine cable landing license from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Furthermore, Hawaiki has added three additional branching units to enable the future connection of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga.
“We’ve seen tremendous progress with Hawaiki in the past several months, with each step bringing us closer to a completed, working system,” said Remi Galasso, CEO of Hawaiki. “We remain on time and on budget, and trust that in conjunction with TE SubCom, Hawaiki will be fully lit by mid-2018, bringing competition and diversity to the market, and vital connectivity to the region.”
“The manufacturing stage of Hawaiki is moving forward precisely as planned and overall progress is only going to gain momentum from here,” said Aaron Stucki, president of TE SubCom. “With manufacturing of cable and repeaters underway, we are right where we should be on our deployment timeline.”