The $350 million Hawaiki Transpacific Submarine Cable System has completed its final landing in American Samoa, with the United States territory to gain access to 200Gb of additional capacity from the cable. The final splice will be completed ahead of the 15,000km subsea cable, connecting Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii and the West Coast of the US, going live in June. "With Hawaiki's Transpacific Cable Network, Pacific Nations will soon have more than enough capacity to comfortably support crucial services such as e-health and e-learning that will have a significant and immediate impact on the many diverse economies and communities throughout the region," Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP CEO Rémi Galasso said. Hawaiki had announced reaching the halfway point in its rollout across the Pacific Ocean in January, with the company also being granted a US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licence in December. The US domestic segment between Oregon and Hawaii had been completed during the final quarter of 2017.
Vocus has announced that cable laying has begun on the Australia-Singapore Cable (ASC) project, with the larger portion of the subsea cable system expected to be laid by April 20. The ASC, worth $170 million, will see around 3,000km of cable laid by the Ile de Batz ship between Christmas Island and Fremantle through deep water, while the Ile de Ré lays around 1,600km of cable between Singapore and Christmas Island in shallow water. "We could have done the entire lay with one vessel, but we decided to use two. Not only does this speed up things up, but the conditions for each of the two stages are quite different," Vocus head of Network Product, Pricing, and Carrier Luke Mackinnon said. The Ile de Batz ship will lay between 600 metres and 10km of cable per hour 24 hours a day during its journey, Mackinnon said, as laying cable in deep water is faster despite needing to change the type of cable and adding protection for when it comes across underwater chasms.
Telstra has announced investing in two new Pacific submarine cable systems connecting Hong Kong with the West Coast of the United States, which the telco said would deliver lower latency than the currently used Asia-America Gateway (AAG). The new Hong Kong Americas (HKA) subsea cable will land in both Morro Bay and Los Angeles in the US once complete in 2020, with Telstra to invest in a half-fibre pair to improve capacity between China, South-East Asia, and the US. The Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), meanwhile, will stretch between Hong Kong and Los Angeles and is due to completed in 2019, with Telstra saying its investment is the equivalent of 6Tbps. "Together with the current AAG cable, on which Telstra carries the most traffic today, these two investments will provide us with increased capacity across the important Hong Kong-to-US route, one of the fastest-growing routes in the world for capacity demand," group MD for Telstra Global Services and International David Burns said. "Our investment in capacity on PLCN and HKA will also provide our customers with greater resiliency due to bypassing areas prone to natural disasters and offering two direct, alternative paths to the AAG cable which connects South East Asia to the US west coast via Hong Kong, Guam, and Hawaii."