Taranaki-King Country MP Barbara Kuriger today welcomes news of the successfully completed first section of the Tasman Global Access (TGA) undersea cable at Ngarunui Beach in Raglan.
“As a small country, it is well known that in order for New Zealanders and Kiwi businesses to connect with the world, fast and reliable broadband is essential. I am delighted with the collaborative work that the consortium of Vodafone, Spark, and Telstra has achieved in order to bring about a cable to meet future international broadband standards,” said Barbara Kuriger.
Telecommunications companies Spark, Vodafone and Telstra are investing approximately USD $70 million to build the TGA cable, which will significantly improve New Zealand’s international broadband connectivity.
Once it is in service the benefits of the TGA cable will include strengthened links into fast-growing Asian markets, important redundancy and resiliency, and better connection with the five main international cable systems currently serving Australia.
“The TGA landing at Raglan provides an important link to the existing Southern Cross cable which connects New Zealand to Australia and the United States. These connections are imperative for New Zealander’s success on the global stage, as well as in our own backyards,” said Kuriger.
“I am pleased to hear that the TGA project team has worked extensively with local iwi, council, and community throughout the consultation and implementation. This is important to those in the Raglan community, as the area is an environmental haven, and I am delighted to hear there will be no lasting impact on the environment,” said Kuriger.
The work in Raglan marks a significant milestone on the journey to having the TGA cable ready to start carrying data across the Tasman towards the end of 2016.
Image: Digger breaks ground on Ngarunui Beach in Raglan to commence works on Tasman Global Access cable (image credit Vodafone NZ).