Local submarine cable system developer, Hawaiki Cable, has confirmed the landing points of its 14,000km trans-Pacific cable will be Oregon, USA.
Announced in July, the submarine cable project, predicted to cost $US350m, intends to carry vast quantities of electronic data between Australia, NZ, Hawaii, and the west coast of the US.
Hawaiki claims the cable is scheduled for completion in late 2015, and will be the second fibre optic cable network linking NZ with the rest of the world, and in turn, bringing competition to the market and providing security of supply.
The company today signed turnkey contracts with US providers Tillamook Lightwave and CoastCom for key infrastructure and connectivity, including a cable landing station, terrestrial infrastructure, and a new fibre backhaul network which will connect the cable landing station to the city of Hillboro, near Portland.
"One of the greatest challenges facing trans-Pacific cable developers is securing a US landing point and associated backhaul," Hawaiki chief executive officer (CEO), Remi Galasso, said. "So we are delighted to reach this critical project milestone and sign contracts with Tillamook and CoastCom."
"Both providers are intimate with local regulatory processes and possess expertise that will smooth system development."
Tillamook (an Oregon Intergovernmental Agency) will host the Hawaiki cable system in its Pacific City landing station, and provide terrestrial infrastructure, including conduit from the beach manhole to the landing station.
Coastom (a privately-held Oregon Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) will supply and install a brand new fibre optic backhaul network that connects the cable landing station with networks in Hillboro.
Both contracts cover the 25-year life of the cable.
"Oregon is the best state on the US west coast to land a submarine fibre optic cable," Galasso said. "The coast is relatively safe and the State permitting process is shorter."
"Our customers tell us that they like Oregon's diversity and easy access to US networks and datacentres."