New international cable to New Zealand proposed
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A new Pacific submarine fibre optic cable is being proposed by a company called Hawaiki Submarine Cable that would link New Zealand and Australia with several Pacific islands by the end of 2014.
According to Hawaiki’s website, the proposal is for a repeatered two fibre pairs submarine cable system with a design capacity of 8Tbps linking Auckland, Sydney and Hawaii. A branching unit would connect Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Wallis, Samoa and American Samoa to the Hawaiki backbone.
Hawaiki chief executive Remi Galasso, a former Alcatel Lucent executive, was behind another project that proposed a similar cable system around three years ago – about the time that the failed Pacific Fibre project was launched.
That project, called SPIN, was to link Auckland to Noumea and Tahiti and have branching units for Norfolk Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa and American Samoa.
SPIN was to be connected to other Pacific cables, such as the Honotua cable link Tahiti to Hawaii.
The question I have is why do we have all these companies wanting to install another cable as individuals rather than as a collective?
Posted by Mark at 6:12:47 on September 14, 2012
Posted by daMystery1 at 14:52:28 on September 8, 2012
a) Google now established a data centre in Chile (shortest distance in straight line)
b) Diversity of landing points ... Dunedin is apparently built on a layer of basalt which tectonically is the most stable part of NZ.
c) If we follow the Exclusive Economic Zone, which is extended to continental shelf, if somehow data collection nodes be attached to the cable, it might be theoretically possible to monitor the vast sea resources.
NZ is a small island (compared with Australia) but the sea area is immense. Fish monitoring, plankton growth models, and generally meteorological data would be long-term data gathering exercise that can pay off in better limiting by-catch, sustainable sea farming and ocean conditions for mega container ships (which cannot pass easily through Panama Canel)
Posted by drllau at 10:18:42 on September 7, 2012