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article imageKim Dotcom to reboot NZ submarine cable and offer free broadband

By Anne Sewell     Nov 4, 2012 in Internet
Auckland - Dotcom's new file sharing website,, will need bandwidth to carry all the new traffic that comes with it. New Zealand currently has only one transpacific fiber cable network, so he will build another one.
Digital Journal reported on October 27 that Dotcom, founder of the controversial website, Megaupload which was taken down by the US government, is about to launch a brand new file-sharing website. A domain has been chosen, and will officially be
38-year-old, German-born Dotcom, formerly Kim Schmitz, is still fighting extradition to the US from New Zealand - his extradition hearing has been pushed back until March 2013, when a court will decide whether he is to be extradited to the US to face various charges, including copyright infringement and money laundering.
In the meantime, he is planning to launch his new file-sharing website,, on the one-year anniversary of Megaupload’s shutdown by the United States Department of Justice, in January, 2013.
However, New Zealand currently only has one transpacific fiber cable network. Pacific Fibre, a New Zealand company, hoped to build a second international, 7,920 mile, $350 million international Internet link by 2014, but the company had to drop its ambitious project in August, as it failed to raise enough money. The Telecommunications Users Association called it “tragic news for the New Zealand market.”
Dotcom has decided to take up the slack and build it himself. He believes Pacific Fibre is important in helping to turn New Zealand into a digital-based country. The new mega-submarine cable installation would double New Zealand's bandwidth, and while the broadband might not be completely free, prices would drop significantly. However, Dotcom did tweet on Sunday evening, "For every foreign user downloading from NZ (paid) a Kiwi can download from outside NZ (free). The key: Storing data foreign users want in NZ."
Dotcom told New Zealand's One News, "Because ISP's control the last mile and provide equipment like routers they would still charge a fee but it could be as low as 15% – 20% of current bandwidth plans with three to five times faster connection speeds and without transfer limits."
Admittedly his motives are not completely charitable, as he told Computerworld a second undersea cable network would be essential to service millions of users of the new file-sharing website around the world.
Unlike Megaupload, his previous website, will be a subscriber-based cloud platform, enabling users to upload, store, access and share large files. These files will be encrypted with a key and will be accessible to users, but not to itself. Thus the company will be unable to access the uploaded content, and will not be held liable for it.
Dotcom also states that will create jobs in New Zealand, via a proposed data center, and will bring in revenue from overseas.
Apparently Rod Drury of Pacific Fibre tweeted that while he admired the Dotcom megacable plan "there is a tiny flaw. US permission required to connect to USA".
However, Dotcom's latest tweet on Sunday evening read, "I'll arrange a meeting with Pacific Fibre founders this week (if they have time) & explain my plan. Let's see what they think."
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