Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:43

Hawaiki, Trustpower ink deal for using cable system

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New Zealand cable operator Hawaiki Submarine Cable has signed a deal with leading ISP and power utility Trustpower to provide the latter with significant capacity on the Hawaiki submarine cable system.

In a statement, Hawaiki said the deal with Trustpower was another indication of the growth of demand for capacity on the cable.

The Hawaiki Transpacific Cable System, which began operations in July 2018, is claimed to be the fastest and largest capacity link between New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and mainland US with a design capacity of 67Tbps.

Trustpower is partly owned by New Zealand infrastructure investor, Infratil, half of the consortium which this week announced it had bought Vodafone New Zealand for NZ$3.4 billion.

“Forming the relationship with Hawaiki was logical as we continue to grow,” said Vince Hawksworth, chief executive of Trustpower.

“As more customers connect to higher-speed plans and consume more data, there is a need to contract directly with asset owners to deliver sustainable and resilient Internet products and services to our customers.”

The deal allows Trustpower to expand its ISP network to the US, including a new point of presence in Hillsboro, Oregon.

“Hawaiki recognises the New Zealand market’s need for customised connectivity services that provide greater elasticity and improve revenue generation in a highly competitive market,” said Remi Galasso, chief executive of Hawaiki.

“We are proud to work with Trustpower, one of New Zealand fastest-growing ISPs, which shares our ambition to serve bandwidth-hungry customers with the most comprehensive and cost-effective solution.”

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