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Hawaiki submarine cable network to help speed up Internet across Pacific

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The Hawaiki submarine cable network will be laid next year between the U.S. West Coast and Australia to improve internet speeds, but first the route has to be surveyed. The survey ship recently visited Honolulu and Howard Dicus got a tour. Here's what Howard and Jean-Louis Lamy from the Hawaiki consortium had to say about it:

HD: This ship purports to be out of Majuro but we're in Honolulu and Jean-Louis Lamy comes from France - he has 45 year's experience doing surveys for transatlantic and transpacific cables. And on this one what's your role?

JML: My role, I'm the representative of Hawaiki consortium on board, to check that the survey is well-done first, and to participate in the engineering of the cable route.

HD: You've just shown us the ship. You showed us a lot of things that were military and it turns out there's a reason for that.

JML: The ship was a former military shop that sailed to New Zealand but this ship was doing acoustic devices during the Cold War, listening for submarines. Which was a perfect ship for the survey because it's not noisy…

HD: And because it's not noisy that means you can hear better the signals that you're bouncing off the bottom."

JML: Yes. Right.

HD: When you're trying to avoid or guide yourself toward certain kinds of sea bottom, one of the things you look for, and this is kind of interesting, is a place where the cable will lie flat…."

JML: Yeah, we want to avoid having the cable be in suspension in the water, we need to have the cable on the seabed, flat, and in deep water there is no movement, so normally nothing should happen, unless, if it's shallow water, you have fishing, and migration, the tide, the current, this is another problem.

HD: And if anybody asks you what you did for a living, you could say, well, I helped build the Internet.

JML: Yes, and also, we're helping chart the gulf, which is also exciting, because we leave something for the future!

HD: Where does the ship go from here?

JML: From we'll go, the first stop will be in Samoa, then Fiji, then probably after. New Zealand, then Norfolk, and Australia.

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