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Hawaiki submarine cable on track for mid-2018 launch

Hawaiki says it has completed the route survey for its 14,000km submarine cable connecting New Zealand and Australia to the US mainland via Pacific island nations and Hawaii. The job was done with Hawaiki partner TE SubCom. Completing the survey puts Hawaiki on track to begin operating from the middle of 2018. The company says […]

Trans-Tasman cable ready for service in January

Spark says the Tasman Global Access cable will be ready for service by the end of January 2017. The 2,300km trans-Tasman cable linking New Zealand and Australia is a joint project between Spark NZ and Vodafone with a minority investment from Telstra. When complete, the TGA will add capacity to the Southern Cross Cable Network […]

New cables may revive overseas datacentre interest

New Zealand hasn’t been able to capitalise on being a low-cost, green home for data centres. Until now. Tasman Global Access and Hawaiki could change that. At The Register, Simon Sharwood sums it up: New Zealand’s South Island, for example, is blessed with low ambient temperatures and lots of hydro power. A bit barn in […]

What Hawaiki cable green light means for New Zealand

Odd email appears in journalists’ inboxes on April 1. Here’s one: Please find attached a media release from Hawaiki announcing the coming into force of the Hawaiki cable. Please also note that despite the date, this is not an April Fools’ joke – it is for real. Hawaiki: Australia to Hawaii via New Zealand If […]

Trans-Tasman cable gets regulatory green light

When Spark, Vodafone and Telstra announced plans to lay an NZ$90 million submarine trans-Tasman cable Tom Pullar-Strecker reported for Stuff on a potential regulatory hurdle. Today the Commerce Commission confirmed it had looked at plans for the Trans-Global Access project and said there are no competition issues at this stage. It went on to say it […]