in brief Hot on the heels of a similar deal with iiNet, Pacific Fibre has signed a multimillion-dollar agreement to supply international bandwidth on its new undersea cable service to Vodafone New Zealand.
Pacific Fibre's $400 million undersea cable system will connect Australia, New Zealand and the US, and is scheduled to be in commercial service by early 2014. Pacific Fibre has signed up US-based infrastructure company TE Connectivity to build the 12,750km undersea link.
Now Pacific Fibre has signed on Vodafone New Zealand, which supplies both mobile and fixed-line internet services in the country across the Tasman. Vodafone New Zealand CEO Russell Stanners said the 10-year agreement, which is said to be the biggest made by Pacific Fibre to date, will allow the telco to meet the needs of its New Zealand customers over the next decade.
"This will help us to support New Zealanders' online ambitions by making sure they can confidently connect to the world and the world can confidently connect to New Zealand," he said in a statement.