Hawaiki  today announced it has gone live with a crucial upgrade to its Oregon point-of-interconnect  on the US West Coast, deploying Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine network solution leveraging  Waveserver Ai to create a more elegant, efficient and cost-effective link from  Hawaii.

“This  route previously went from Kapolei (Hawaii) to Pacific City (Oregon) where an  optical-electrical-optical regeneration was required to allow protection on the  terrestrial link to Hillsboro,” Hawaiki chief executive officer, Remi Galasso  said.

“We  upgraded this part of our network with the deployment of a multi-span trunk  switching solution from Ciena, enabling optical regeneration only. This allows  the link to be extended right into the Hillsboro POP with optical protection  while eliminating the need for costly regeneration and reducing latency in our  cable landing station.”

Hawaiki  Submarine Cable LP owns and operates a submarine cable of the same name  spanning 15,000km to connect over 350 million users in Australia, New Zealand,  American Samoa, Hawaii, and the United States.

Shortly  after the commercial launch in mid-2018, the cable was upgraded with Ciena’s GeoMesh solution allowing  Hawaiki to offer the lowest cost per transported bit, while evolving to a total  67Tbps of capacity, enabling design capacity to be increased by 53 percent.

The  upgrade announced today delivers Hawaiki’s growing stable of customers in the  region improved reliability and availability as well as lower latency, and  comes as the company begins a major capacity upgrade to cope with customers’  growing requirements, including the spike in demand triggered by COVID-19.

“We  now offer a broad range of customer solutions, scaling from 1GbE, 10GbE and  100GbE services over 200Gbps, 250Gbps and 300Gbps wavelengths today” Galasso noted.

“Our  increased investment and deepening collaboration with Ciena couldn’t come at a more  important time, with organisations, communities and people across the Pacific -  and globally - now so completely dependent on fast, reliable connectivity to maintain  operations and quality of life during the current pandemic.”

“Our increased investment and deepening collaboration with Ciena couldn’t come at a more important time, with organisations, communities and people across the Pacific - and globally - now so completely dependent on fast, reliable connectivity to maintain operations and quality of life during the current pandemic.”

Rick  Seeto, vice president and general manager of Asia-Pacific and Japan, Ciena said  demand for capacity continues to increase exponentially, and reinforced the  importance of network solutions that can adapt, adding:

“Ciena’s  industry-leading solutions equip Hawaiki’s submarine network with greater  flexibility and faster delivery, enabling them to better serve increasingly diverse  customer needs.”

“Ciena’s industry-leading solutions equip Hawaiki’s submarine network with greater flexibility and faster delivery, enabling them to better serve increasingly diverse customer needs.”

Today’s  announcement by Hawaiki comes on the heels of several significant deals signed  with established and challenger telecoms customers this year alone.

For a broader perspective on the Hawaiki cable, its  genesis and how it’s evolving to better serve organisations and communities, we  invite you to read: ‘Hawaiki:  From Canoes to Connected Broadband in the Pacific.

About Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP
Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, owns and operates the Hawaiki submarine cable system (Hawaiki). Hawaiki is the first and only carrier-neutral submarine cable linking Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Oregon, on the U.S. west coast. For more information, visit www.hawaikicable.co.nz or connect with Hawaiki on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Ciena
Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is a networking systems, services and software company. We provide solutions that help our customers create the Adaptive Network™ in response to the constantly changing demands of their users. By delivering best-in-class networking technology through high-touch consultative relationships, we build the world’s most agile networks with automation, openness and scale. For updates on Ciena, follow us on Twitter @Ciena, LinkedIn, the Ciena Insights blog, or visit www.ciena.com.

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