Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, the company that owns and operates the submarine network of the same name, has established a point of presence in the Westin Building Exchange (WBX) carrier hotel and data center in Seattle, WA. The new point of presence (PoP) is linked to Hawaiki’s landing site in Hillsboro, OR.
The Hawaiki submarine cable network links New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. The 15,000-km undersea cable system entered service last July, with such well-known anchor customers as Amazon Web Services and Vodafone, among others (see "Hawaiki Submarine Cable system ready for service"). TE SubCom, now SubCom LLC, deployed the submarine network, while Ciena says it has received a contract to upgrade the submarine system with its GeoMesh technology (see “Hawaiki submarine cable to leverage Ciena GeoMesh Extreme”).
The new PoP at WBX provides an additional point of entry and exit in the United States. WBX says it offers neutral connectivity to Asian, Canadian, European, and American network service providers, carriers, and ISPs. It also provides access to the Seattle Internet Exchange (SIX) and the Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP). Direct connection to public and private clouds derives from the company’s CloudWest service; remote access and peering to the SIX is offered via WBX’s Remote Connect service option. “Choosing the WBX in Seattle was a natural but strategic decision for us,” said Remi Galasso, CEO of Hawaiki. “With over 250 carriers, cloud and content providers within their ecosystem we could not have found a more ideal location.”
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