Hawaiki Cable signs connection deal with Equinix

New Zealand-based submarine cable company Hawaiki Cable has selected the Equinix SY3 data centre in Sydney as the Australian landing station for its 14,000 kilometre cable system.

Once the cable system goes live in January 2016, it will provide trans-Pacific connectivity between Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

The deal means that Hawaiki can offer Equinix Sydney data centre customer’s direct access to the submarine cable.

According to Hawaiki Cable CEO Remi Galasso, the company determined that Equinix’s SY3 data centre was “the best facility” to locate its Australian landing station.

“All of the carriers, cloud providers and customer opportunities are there, creating the best meeting point for us and our customers,” he said in a statement.

In February 2014, Auckland, NZ-based wide area network (WAN) provider Solarix Networks agreed to buy capacity on the NZ, Australia and US segments of Hawaiki’s cable.

At the time, Solarix director Flemming H. Rasmussen said the 10-year, multi-million dollar deal with Hawaiki would improve Solarix’s trans-Tasman service resiliency and introduce price competition.

“We treat Australia and New Zealand as a single market. Currently we use three carriers for our trans-Tasman workflow – and all three carriers touch the Southern Cross Cable. Our partnership with Hawaiki will strengthen our market position,” said Rasmussen at the time.

In May 2014, Equinix Australia promoted sales directorJeremy Deutsch to the position of country manager, after former managing director Tony Simonsen left the data centre provider on 26 March.

Simonsen took a role as Avaya Australia and New Zealand’s MD.

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