Amazon Web Services signs with Hawaiki Submarine Cable

May 17, 2016
Just over two years before its new submarine network is slated to go live, Hawaiki has inked a deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to supply AWS with capacity on the Hawaiki Submarine Cable. The 14,000-km undersea cable network is designed to link Australia, New Zealand, and the United States with a carrier-neutral system. When finished, the network will deliver a capacity of more than 30 Tbps. It features a Coherent D+ fiber design, running 100 x 100G wavelengths.

Just over two years before its new submarine network is slated to go live, Hawaiki has inked a deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to supply AWS with capacity on the Hawaiki Submarine Cable. The 14,000-km undersea cable network is designed to link Australia, New Zealand, and the United States with a carrier-neutral system. When finished, the network will deliver a capacity of more than 30 Tbps. It features a Coherent D+ fiber design, running 100 x 100G wavelengths.

As Amazon's cloud services arm, AWS serves 33 availability zones across 12 geographic regions worldwide (including one in Sydney), with another 5 AWS Regions (and 11 availability zones) in Canada, China, India, Ohio, and the United Kingdom expected to come online throughout the next year.

"Our customers in Australia and New Zealand will benefit significantly from the arrival of the Hawaiki submarine cable," said AWS Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Paul Migliorini. "The role of the network, as well as the many AWS Regions around the world, is especially important for our customers looking to run global businesses and become more agile."

The news comes on the heels of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority's purchase of a spur line to connect American Samoa to the network.

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