Hawaiki chooses Ciena to boost connectivity across the Pacific

Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, a new entrant in the telecommunications market, has selected Ciena´s (NYSE: CIEN) GeoMesh Extreme solution based on Waveserver Ai and various packet-optical networking platforms to deliver unprecedented connectivity to Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and the United States, the company said.

Hawaiki is the only carrier-neutral bandwidth supplier in the Pacific submarine cable market. The cable began commercial operations in July 2018, delivering an initial 43.8 terabits per second additional capacity to the market. Since its inception, the 15,000 km fiber optic deep-sea cable provider has attracted strong support from government and industry leaders, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Vodafone, and REANNZ.

Hawaiki is the first subsea cable between the US west coast and Oceania that has been optimized to support coherent wavelength technology. The cable will be upgraded with Ciena´s GeoMesh solution, which will offer Hawaiki the lowest cost per transported bit and evolve to a cumulative 67 terabits per second in transmission speeds. A 53 percent increase of Hawaiki´s design capacity was achieved just a few months after its commercial launch.

Leveraging Ciena´s 6500 Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE) as well as the Waveserver Ai platform, both powered by WaveLogic Ai, Hawaiki can now scale from 1GbE, 10GbE, and 100GbE services over 200G and 250G wavelengths, offering a larger granularity of capacity products to its customers. Furthermore, deploying these platforms will provide greater flexibility to meet current and future bandwidth demand, including faster delivery and dynamic provisioning.

Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, is the owner and developer of the Hawaiki submarine cable system (Hawaiki). Hawaiki is a carrier-neutral submarine cable linking Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Oregon, on the US west coast. For more information, visit www.hawaikicable.co.nz.

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