Hawaiki Cable has signed 25-year contracts with US providers Tillamook Lightwave and CoastCom for infrastructure, connectivity and a landing station for its proposed new trans-Pacific cable.
A new fibre backhaul network will connect the cable to the city of Hillsboro, near Portland and a major interconnection point, Hawaiki announced today.
Hawaiki's cable is scheduled for completion in 2015. It will connect the US with Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia.
Previous cable projects to New Zealand have become victims of funding and geopolitical issues between China and the US.
Tillamook Lightwave is an Oregon intergovernmental agency while CoastCom is a private Oregon competitive local exchange carrier.
Hawaiki founder Remi Galasso said securing a landing point and backhaul is one of the biggest challenges the project faces.
In September, Hawaiki signed a deal with US-based TE SubCom to design and lay the planned cable.
Auckland, New Zealand-based ISP Voyager has committed itself as a customer as has Australian ISP iiNet.
A landing site in New Zealand has been mooted in the north of the country, near Whangarei.