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New Zealand launches trans-Pacific fibre optic deep-sea cable to enhance its international connectivity

The international connectivity of New Zealand will be improved and enhanced with the commercial launch of the new trans-Pacific Hawaiki Cable.

According to the report released by the New Zealand Government, the construction of the fibre optic deep-sea Hawaiki Cable system took 27 months. Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran has welcomed the system that now commercially operational, linking New Zealand, Australia, part of the Pacific and the United States.

Minister Curran explained that this new 15,000 kilometre cable improves capacity, competition and resilience and sets New Zealand up for the future.

This is good news for the consumers and businesses that are hungry for more and more data. This will provide them with a faster and better internet. It will also mean fewer bottlenecks, particularly when data is being streamed from overseas.

She added that the existence of the Hawaiki Cable complements the country’s growing domestic infrastructure and provides greater resilience during disasters. This will give New Zealand an additional physical data link to the rest of the world, which takes a different route than other existing cables.

An initial NZ$ 15 million of capital was allocated by the NZ Government in support of the Hawaiki Cable. This is a part of the tenancy contract between Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network (REANNZ)

Minister Clare Curran discussed the benefits of the cable. It brings 43 Terabits per second of new capacity to the Pacific region, which is several times the current levels of Australia and New Zealand combined. Moreover, there are provisions for connections with other Pacific nations. American Samoa, for instance, is already connected to the cable.

She concluded that having this cable also meant that data intensive research can be easily transferred anywhere in the world. It is a faster and bigger internet connection to the rest of the world, which can support bandwidth-hungry applications such as cloud services and real-time content delivery.

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