Hawaiki goes live with Ciena for key upgrade of link to US West Coast

Hawaiki has gone live with a crucial upgrade to its Oregon point-of-interconnect on the United States West Coast, deploying Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine network solution leveraging Waveserver Ai to improve 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,” said Hawaiki CEO Remi Galasso. 

“We upgraded this part of our network with the deployment of a multi-span trunk switching solution from Ciena, enabling optical regeneration only,” said Galasso. “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 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%.

The upgrade comes as Hawaiki begins a major capacity upgrade to cope with customers’ growing requirements, including the spike in demand triggered by COVID-19.

Galasso said Haiwaiki now offers a broad range of customer solutions, scaling from 1GbE, 10GbE and 100GbE services over 200Gbps, 250Gbps and 300Gbps wavelengths.

“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,” he said.

Rick Seeto, VP and general manager of Asia-Pacific and Japan at Ciena, said demand for capacity continues to increase exponentially and reinforces the importance of network solutions that can adapt.