New Zealand company Hawaiki Cable, owner and developer of Hawaiki submarine cable system, has signed a supply and installation contract with US submarine cable vendor TE SubCom. Under terms of the multi-million dollar deal, TE SubCom will design and lay a coherent fibre optic cable system compliant of 10 Tbps per fibre pair on the Australia/New-Zealand to USA trunk. A number of Pacific Islands located next to the cable route will be able to connect to the main trunk. Undersea cable system elements, known as wet plant, will be based on 100 Gbps wavelength technology and are designed for future upgrades as terminal equipment advances. The cable system will also include SubCom's Optical Add Drop Multiplexing (OADM) branching unit technology to connect multiple regional branches to the main cable. TE SubCom will survey the cable route and use collected data to design and manufacture the fibre optic cable system in its New Hampshire factories. The Hawaiki cable system is planned for completion in late 2015.