Algar Telecom (Brazil), Angola Cables (Angola), Antel (Uruguay) and Google today announced plans to build a new undersea fiber-optic cable connecting the key cities of Santos and Fortaleza in Brazil with Boca Raton, Florida in the United States. TE Connectivity SubCom is the selected provider for the project.
This investment is part of a joint effort to help build the fabric of the Internet to sustain the current needs of Internet users in the Latin American region and to prepare for increased demands in the future. Currently, Latin America has a connected population of almost 300 million people and has become one of the fastest growing regions in the world in terms of Internet penetration. In addition, with the increasing deployment of LTE networks and fiber-optic network access, as well as the offer of high-quality contents (HD/4K) and cloud-based services, there is an ever growing demand for capacity access to data centers and the Internet globally.
The new route will be 10,556 km (6,560 miles) long and have six fiber pairs. According to estimations, it will increase the overall bandwidth of existing subsea cable systems by 64 Tbps (Terabits per second) of capacity. The cable will be built and operated by these four leading companies. The contract comes into effect today and the construction is expected to begin immediately and is planned to be completed by the end of 2016
About the Companies
Algar Telecom is a leading Brazilian Telecommunications Company. It offers landline and mobile telephony, broadband Internet access (3G and ADSL), data communications, cable television, IT solutions, national and international long distance services. For more information: www.algartelecom.com.br
Angola Cables is an international wholesale carrier that operates Submarine Cables Systems throughout the South Atlantic region and Africa. Angola Cables also operate the Angonix (angolan IXP) in its data center in Luanda. Africa is today, the fastest growing region of the internet penetration in the world. Angola Cables’ goal is to transform Angola into one of the telecommunication HUBs in Africa. For more information: www.angolacables.co.ao
Antel is the Uruguayan state owned Telecommunications Company, which has a strong commitment to universalize broadband access and has taken firm steps to eliminate the digital gap, one of which is the current deployment of a nationwide fiber optic network. Nowadays Antel has a total of 70% of households across the country connected to the Internet and more of 50% of those has fiber optic access. Antel is the first company in Latin America providing customers with LTE technology, placing Uruguay among the top 10 countries with the highest mobile broadband average. For more information, visit www.antel.com.uy
Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top Internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world.
TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, is an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services and a leading global supplier for today’s undersea communications requirements. Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry-recognized performance, SubCom delivers the most reliable, high quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. The business designs, manufactures and installs systems around the world, and has deployed more than 490,000 km of subsea communication cable-enough to circle the Earth more than 12 times at the Equator. SubCom’s global presence, backed by industry-leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide. For more information visit www.SubCom.com. www.SubCom.com
TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $13 billion world leader in connectivity. The company designs and manufactures products at the heart of electronic connections for the world’s leading industries including automotive, energy and industrial, broadband communications, consumer devices, healthcare, and aerospace and defense. TE Connectivity’s long-standing commitment to innovation and engineering excellence helps its customers solve the need for more energy efficiency, always-on communications and ever-increasing productivity. With nearly 90,000 employees in over 50 countries, TE Connectivity makes connections the world relies on to work flawlessly every day. To connect with the company, visit: www.TE.com.