BW Digital and PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the joint development and construction of Hawaiki Nui 1 submarine cable system, in Washington DC during International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2024.

BW Digital now owns and operates the Hawaiki cable system connecting Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and other Pacific Islands, Hawaii and Oregon. BW Digital acquired the Hawaiki cable system in 2021.

Hawaiki Nui 1 is the first stage of BW Digital submarine cable development programme. With a design capacity of more than 240 Tbps, it will link AustraliaIndonesia and Singapore, and include optional branches to the Solomon IslandsPapua New Guinea and Timor Leste.

Estimated to span some 10,000 km, Hawaiki Nui 1 will chart a new, more efficient route northeast of Australia via the Torres Strait, providing greater connectivity, diversity and security between Australasia and South-East Asia. It will also provide the first direct cable link between Sydney and Darwin, and from Darwin to Singapore, with branches to Jakarta and Batam.

Hawaiki Nui Cable Route
HAWAIKI NUI CABLE ROUTE, IMAGE CREDIT: BW Digital

 

Under the partnership agreement, BW Digital and Telin will work together to develop, procure and build Hawaiki Nui 1, which is expected to be ready for service (RFS) in 2027. Telin will also act as the Indonesian landing party for the cable.

In March this year, BW Digital and Indonesian Citramas Group partnered to establish a world-class digital ecosystem out of the Nongsa Digital Park in Batam, Indonesia, the centrepiece of which will be an 80MW data centre servicing businesses, governments and communities throughout the country and broader region. BW Digital has acquired more than 55,000 square meters of land at the Citramas-owned Nongsa Digital Park in Batam, to build its inaugural data centre in South-East Asia and strengthen its Asia-Pacific digital infrastructure portfolio.

Hawaiki Nui 1 will support the development of our digital ecosystem in Batam's Nongsa Digital Park and coupled with the existing Hawaiki cable - linking Sydney, Auckland and the US West Coast since 2018 - offer unparalleled connectivity to customers operating in the Asia-Pacific region.