Ocean Networks has commissioned Xtera Communications for the turnkey supply and installation of its SAPL (South America Pacific Link) submarine cable system.
This agreement is a key milestone in Ocean Networks planned 9,400km trans-Pacific cable linking Manta, Ecuador to Oahu, Hawaii. Under the terms of the agreement, Xtera will design and install the SAPL system using their high-capacity submarine line terminal equipment and innovative subsea optical repeater. Xtera’s dry and wet transmission equipment is designed for reliable, ultra-long haul subsea cable systems. Using a coherent, future proofed design, the SAPL system will have 3 fibre pairs with a design capacity exceeding 10 Tbit/s per fibre pair.
The SAPL system will also have two branching units based on optical add drop multiplexers and strategically positioned for future connectivity. The SAPL system will fill a requirement for the emerging markets of South America and provide connectivity to the Asia Pacific region, Australia and New Zealand via interconnects with existing and planned submarine cable systems. Hawaii is a mid-Pacific hub for numerous submarine cable systems and SAPL will provide a cost effective, direct, low latency route to Hawaii while opening a previously untapped trans-Pacific market to/from the west coast of South America. 2
The SAPL cable system is planned for completion in mid-2016.
Jon Hopper, CEO of Xtera, said: “After having established a strong footprint in the Caribbean and Atlantic areas, we now want to focus more on the Pacific Ocean where we see considerable growth opportunities and a good fit for our subsea product and service line.”