Chorus has begun work on a second submarine fibre cable linking Waiheke Island to the mainland. The new $3.4 million cable will run six kilometres from Maraetai Beach to Woodside Bay on Waiheke Island.

The cable will increase data capacity to the island while increasing resilience by using a second route. It will be used for voice and data traffic and will also backhaul mobile network traffic.

Chorus says it will take around ten days to complete the cable. The network company has partnered with Visionstream and Seaworks, Wellington-based specialist marine vessel operator, to build the new link.

The cable should serve for at least 30 years.

Currently Chorus leases capacity on a single cable to the Island. When the new cable is operational all traffic to and from the Island will migrate across. However, the leased capacity will remain and offer diversity in the event of a fault on the new cable.

Chorus CEO, JB Rousselot, says “The new subsea, fibre-optic cable connecting Waiheke Island to the world means that the 56 percent who have already taken advantage of fibre to their homes and businesses can be assured that Chorus’ fibre infrastructure can support exponential growth in usage.

“We’re now more than ready to welcome the remaining 44 percent to join their neighbours in having access to the best broadband in the world and truly delighted to see this critical infrastructure, which has been on the cards for some years, come to fruition.”