Hawaiki Submarine Cable and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity company, have completed the route survey for Hawaiki transpacific cable system.
In addition, cable and repeater manufacturing for the system continues at SubCom’s Newington facility, with more than 4,500 km of completed cable and more than 25 completed repeaters.
The permitting process for implementation of Hawaiki is progressing as planned, the company informed.
The Australian installation permits have already been issued and additional landing permits have been filed in Oregon, Hawaii and New Zealand.
Furthermore, the companies informed that the production of Hawaiki branching units, which will enable the connection of American Samoa, New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga, has started.
Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii and American Samoa, with options to expand to several other South Pacific islands.
The 14,000 km cable system is scheduled for completion in mid-2018.
“The start of 2017 finds the Hawaiki cable system closer and closer to ready for service,” said Remi Galasso, CEO of Hawaiki. “The information garnered from the recently completed deep water route survey will be instrumental in ensuring the long-term viability of the cable system and we are thrilled with the progress on the cable and repeater manufacturing efforts. Installation will begin later in 2017 and a fully lit system that should positively impact the entire region is soon to follow.”
“Our partnership with Hawaiki’s operations team is very productive and system manufacturing is well on track,” said Debra Brask, vice president, project and program management, TE SubCom. “In addition, permits are secured in Australia and are well underway in other locations. We continue to be on schedule for a mid-2018 completion.”