According to Ciena and Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP,  Hawaki Cable is deploying Ciena’s WaveLogic™ 5 Extreme technology delivering a critical network upgrade to support customers facing surging demand for more capacity and speed due to COVID-19. Hawaiki Cable will be the first cable in the Trans-Pacific region to achieve 500Gbps wavelengths, deploying over 9,000 kilometers between Sydney and Hawaii.

Hawaiki owns and operates the 15,000km Hawaiki Transpacific Cable, the largest in ultimate system capacity, with the fastest wavelength rate in the region, connecting Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast.

Earlier this year, Hawaiki Cable System was upgraded using Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme solution to improve reliability, availability and deliver lower latency between Oregon and Hawaii.

The newly announced upgrade with WaveLogic 5 Extreme delivers significant channel speed increases, lower latency, greater scale and increased economic efficiencies. Deployed using the Waveserver 5 platform, the technology works by dramatically reducing cost per bit with fewer wavelengths to install and manage, while its capabilities for network monitoring and programing mean networks can quickly adjust to traffic fluctuations and optimize capacity across any path.

Hawaiki boasts an impressive and growing list of customers connected the Transpacific Cable, including Amazon Web Services, Vodafone New Zealand and others, together accounting for around 350 million users.