Crown-owned company REANNZ and Hawaiki Cable have agreed on a multi-million dollar deal to provide REANNZ with capacity on the new Hawaiki submarine cable linking New Zealand, Australia and the United States.\nThe eight-figure deal will be funded by REANNZ and a NZ$15 million Crown grant to support the creation of a new submarine cable.\nSteve Cotter, CEO of REANNZ, which operates New Zealand\u2019s high-performance broadband network for research, education and innovation, says the new cable will create a vital global link for New Zealand\u2019s Internet users while benefiting New Zealand\u2019s research and education communities.\n\u201cREANNZ believes that science and research should be unconstrained by network capacity or geography \u2013 by the location of instruments, data or people," says Cotter. "The high capacity link offered by Hawaiki will enable New Zealand researchers in data-intensive areas like genomics, radio astronomy and climate science to share data, access resources and collaborate effectively with their peers internationally."\n Science and research should be unconstrained by network capacity or geography \u2013 by the location of instruments, data or people. Steve Cotter, REANNZ\n\u201cCapacity available on Hawaiki for REANNZ members will start at 20Gb\/s in 2016 and increase over time to multiple 100Gb\/s to match expected increases in demand from our members, driven both by the rapidly increasing data needs of big science and by the year-on-year increases in data use by students and staff.\u201d\nCotter says the contract with Hawaiki provided secure long-term capacity at a very competitive rate. \u201cHawaiki has demonstrated a unique flexibility to satisfy our requirements and developed a future-proof solution for REANNZ,\u201d he says.\nHawaiki's 25 terabit-per-second cable will run between Whangarei, Sydney, and Oregon in the United States, and connect several Pacific islands en route. US company TE SubCom is contracted to lay the 13,127-kilometre cable network, expected to be commissioned early 2016.\nHawaiki CEO Remi Galasso says the contract with REANNZ demonstrated the government\u2019s commitment to provide New Zealanders with state-of-the-art infrastructure, and addressed long-standing market demand for a second international cable.\n\u201cResearch, education and innovation are the seeds of New Zealand\u2019s future economic growth. These communities require competitive solutions to support ambitious projects,\u201d says Galasso.\nSend news tips and comments to email@example.com\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.