Northland's position as a global player in an increasingly connected world took a big step forward on 23 November with the launch of the Hawaiki submarine cable network.
Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, Minister of Communications Hon Amy Adams and Northland dignitaries broke the soil for the Hawaiki Submarine Cable landing station at Bream Tail, Mangawhai Heads, Northland, New Zealand.
“The vast majority of New Zealanders don't even know this (launch of Hawaiki cable network) is happening today but one day they will turn on their devices and the data speeds will be something we can't even imagine yet.”Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key
The 14,000 km Hawaiki submarine cable will link New Zealand to Australia, Hawaii and mainland United States, with options to expand to several South Pacific islands.
Chief Executive of Northland Inc, David Wilson, welcomed the Hawaiki cable project as a key infrastructure project for the region.
“From the day we first met the Hawaiki team we recognised the opportunities the project would bring our region and have worked to attract this key investment into Northland.”
With data transmission estimated from July 2018 Dr Wilson told more than 100 stakeholders at the launch that the Hawaiki cable project is a critical piece of infrastructure that will attract further investment to New Zealand and Northland.
“For New Zealand the cable network means increased connectivity, competition, diversity and resilience; for Northland it is all of those things but also an opportunity to diversify and strengthen our economy,” said Dr Wilson.
“There will be significant flow-on benefits in having increased competitiveness and diversity in our connections to the rest of the world. This greatly increases the attractiveness of Northland and New Zealand for ICT, digital, science and knowledge-based industries.”
Prime Minister John Key said the Hawaiki cable was more important to New Zealand than many probably realised.
“This is a big venture for anyone to undertake but one that is absolutely necessary considering the massive increase in digital demands that happen every year,” said Mr Key.
“We consume an enormous amount of data in New Zealand. The vast majority of New Zealanders don't even know this (launch of Hawaiki cable network) is happening today but one day they will turn on their devices and the data speeds will be something we can't even imagine yet.”
Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, is the owner and developer of the Hawaiki submarine cable system (Hawaiki). Hawaiki is a carrier-neutral submarine cable linking Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Oregon, on the U.S. west coast. For more information about Hawaiki, visit www.hawaikicable.co.nz/
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