Hawaiki Submarine Cable Limited Partnership (Hawaiki) has announced the launch of Hawaiki Nui submarine cable system, the first and largest spatial division multiplexing (SDM) cable linking South-East Asia, Australasia and North America. Hawaiki has selected PT Mora Telematika Indonesia (Moratelindo) as its strategic partner for Indonesia. Hawaiki Nui cable project is expected to be ready for service in 2025.

Hawaiki Nui means ‘The Great Hawaiki’ in Polynesian.

Hawaiki Nui cable system features the state-of-the-air spatial division multiplexing (SDM) technology, with 12 fibre pairs and a design capacity of 240Tbps on some segments, providing end-to-end connectivity between the three main hubs of the Pacific region: Singapore, Sydney and Los Angeles. Hawaiki Nui has been designed to deliver direct connectivity through new subsea paths and provide optimal diversity.

Hawaiki Nui Cable Route
Hawaiki Nui & Hawaiki Cable, Image credit: Hawaiki


With landings planned in Jakarta and Batam, Hawaiki Nui will be the first subsea cable to deliver Indonesia triple connectivity to Singapore, Australia and the US. Indonesia has become a strategic market in South-East Asia.

In Australia, Hawaiki Nui will serve both international and domestic capacity requirements, linking Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Darwin, while providing them with direct access to Singapore and Los Angeles.

Hawaiki Nui will also be the first international cable to land in the South Island of New Zealand, linking Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill directly to Australia via a new and fully diverse subsea route. In addition, two branches will be built to connect Oahu and Big Island in Hawaii.

The segment between Invercargill and Australia will contain 4 fibre pairs with a total capacity of 80Tbps – enough to increase New Zealand’s total international communications capacity by more than a third. The connection between Invercargill and Sydney would be the fastest route across the Tasman with a round trip delay (RTD) of 23 milliseconds.

Hawaiki has selected PT Mora Telematika Indonesia (Moratelindo) as its strategic partner for Indonesia.

Under the partnership agreement, Moratelindo will act as the Indonesian landing party and acquire all corresponding permits and authorizations in Indonesia for the Hawaiki Nui project. It will also play a key role in the system design and deployment, from the definition of the optimal subsea route and landings in Indonesia to the provision of local terrestrial infrastructures for landing the subsea cable.

Hawaiki now operates the Hawaiki Cable System connecting Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Hawaii and the west coast of the US, completed in 2018.

Earlier this year, Hawaiki announced the sale of 100 per cent of the shares of the company to BW Digital, an affiliate of Singapore-based global maritime conglomerate BW Group. The transaction is subject only to applicable regulatory filings and approvals, which are expected to be completed by early 2022.