Hawaiian Telcom Sells SEA-US Submarine Cable Capacity


Hawaiian Telcom continues to sell capacity on its portion of the South-East Asia – United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, with total sales now nearing $30 million.

Hawaiian Telcom along with its consortium partners began construction on the fiber network linking Indonesia, Philippines, Guam, Hawai’i and California.

“Hawaiian Telcom joined the SEA-US consortium because our community and our customers’ thirst for broadband capacity was growing exponentially, but the trans-Pacific capacity required to meet this demand just wasn’t being addressed,” said Scott Barber, Hawaiian Telcom’s president and CEO. “We are pleased that the interest in bandwidth on the SEA-US network has been very strong and we are well ahead of forecasted sales projections with contracts secured to date. These sales validate the need for bandwidth in this route and confirm a strong return on investment for Hawaiian Telcom.”

According to a recent global bandwidth forecast published by TeleGeography, trans-Pacific demand is expected to increase at a compounded annual rate of 33 percent between 2013 and 2020.

Answering this demand, the SEA-US submarine cable system, when completed, will deliver a 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) ultra-long haul system that will provide an initial 20 Terabit per second (Tbps) of capacity over approximately 9,300 miles of fiber.

Once completed, the SEA-US system will be located along an underserved trans-Pacific route and will be the first submarine cable directly connecting Indonesia and the United States.

“As Hawai’i’s technology leader, Hawaiian Telcom is proud to participate in this historic project,” added Barber. “This is really a game-changer for us, as our investment in the SEA-US submarine cable system will allow us to acquire trans-Pacific IP capacity as an owner, operator and seller, rather than just a capacity purchaser – which will substantially lower our trans-Pacific IP transit costs and cost-effectively meeting our future bandwidth requirements.”

Other SEA-US consortium members include PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Globe Telecom, RAM Telecom International (RTI), Teleguam Holdings (GTA), GTI Corporation (a member of the Globe Telecom group of companies) and Telkom USA. NEC is the system supplier and integrator.

The total amount of investment in the SEA-US cable system is estimated to be approximately $250 million. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2016.


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