Amazon Web Services (AWS) has made its first investment in a submarine cable system, purchasing capacity on an upcoming Hawaiki Submarine Cable connecting Australia and New Zealand to the US.
The cable system is expected to boost bandwidth and reduce latency on a key route across the Pacific, something that will now directly benefit AWS customers.
The Hawaiki Submarine Cable, due to go live in June 2018, will be the fastest and largest link between the three countries, offering more than 30 Terabits network capacity in the process.
“Our customers in Australia and New Zealand will benefit significantly from the arrival of the Hawaiki submarine cable,” AWS Australia and New Zealand managing director, Paul Migliorini, said. The role of the network, as well as the many AWS Regions around the world, is especially important for our customers looking to run global businesses and become more agile.
“Increasingly, companies of all sizes and across all industries in Australia and New Zealand are using the AWS Cloud to drive innovation in their business while reducing the costs of their IT operations.
As a carrier--neutral cable system, Hawaiki will usher in a new era of international connectivity benefitting businesses and consumers across the Pacific region.
It will complement Amazon Web Services’ global infrastructure, which comprises 33 Availability Zones across 12 geographic regions worldwide, (including one in Sydney), with another 5 AWS Regions (and 11 Availability Zones) in Canada, China, India, Ohio, and the United Kingdom expected to come online throughout the next year.