iiNet to purchase additional capacity on Hawaiki submarine cable system

2 Oct 2013

Alternative Australian broadband provider iiNet has reportedly issued a letter of intent to submarine cable group Hawaiki Cable Limited, confirming its intention to acquire fibre capacity on the Australia-US segment of the Hawaiki submarine cable system. According to ARN, with the 14,000km cable system scheduled for completion in late 2015, linking Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the US west coast, under the terms of the ‘multi-million dollar’ deal iiNet will purchase capacity on the Sydney-to-US cable leg , as well as on the trans-Tasman leg linking Sydney to Whangarei in Northland, New Zealand.

Commenting on the development, iiNet CEO Michael Malone was cited as saying: ‘Spectrum ownership on submarine cables presents a unique opportunity to bring even more diversity to our international network, reduce ongoing costs per gigabyte and enhance our customers’ experience.’

Australia, Hawaiki Cable, iiNet (incl. Internode)