Hawaiki Cable Limited, the New Zealand owner and developer of Hawaiki submarine cable system, has selected Hawaiian Telcom Services Company, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Hawaiian Telcom Holdco, as its landing partner in Hawaii."
As part of its system architecture, Hawaiki will land its proposed 14,000 km trans-Pacific cable from Australia and New Zealand to the US 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, Oahu - Hawaiian Telcom will also be responsible for all permitting activities in Hawaii.
Rémi Galasso, CEO, Hawaiki Cable Limited, says Oahu is a "strategic hub" for traffic diversity in the North Pacific region, presenting 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," Galasso adds.
Galasso believes Hawaiian Telcom has a "deep understanding" of the local regulatory process as well as the knowledge and expertise to deliver an open access cable landing station, capable of offering a wide range of domestic backhaul solutions to Hawaiki's customers.
"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," adds Eric K. Yeaman, president and CEO, Hawaiian Telcom.
"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 finalised, 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.
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