Alcatel-Lucent, Ocean Networks to extend submarine cable to from Panama to Florida

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, and Ocean Networks will extend the South America Pacific Link (SAPL) submarine cable system.

The extension – which will be known as SAPL Caribbean Express (SAPL CX) -  will run from Panama to Florida, adding approximately 3,000km to the 14,200km SAPL network that will link Hawaii to South America. When complete the SAPL system will land in northern Florida and provide connectivity to the Network Access Point of the Americas in Miami, Florida, while also connecting Oahu in Hawaii, Balboa in Panama and Santiago in Chile.

Alcatel-Lucent said it will provide additional capacity to increasingly bandwidth-hungry markets with ultra-broadband access around the Pacific Rim, and enhance the role of digital connectivity in regional economic development.

In future, the system will be extended via branching units to Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, northern Chile and the big island of Hawaii.

The 100 Gbit/s SAPL CX system will have a capacity of at least 10 terabits-per-second on each of its six fibre pairs, with the companies saying SAPL is the only system in the region that can offer full fibre pairs from Hawaii, Central and South America to the NAP of the Americas. It is also a more diverse trans-Pacific route compared to the congested North American West Coast routes.

"The addition of SAPL CX is significant, we have listened to the requirements of our customer and have responded to meet their requests," Scott J. Schwertfager, chief executive officer (CEO) at Ocean Networks, said.

"The SAPL system will fulfil a long-standing need of the markets of the US, Central and South America for connectivity to the Asia Pacific region by interconnecting with existing and planned submarine cable systems in Hawaii. The collaboration with ASN and the deployment of their leading-edge subsea cable system technology will enable us to foster cost-effective high-speed broadband connectivity in the region."

Philippe Dumont, president of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said the company was pleased to be supporting Ocean Networks in the expansion of services and applications enabled by high-bandwidth networks, which he said are a catalyst for economic and social progress.

"Extending SAPL to the United States will boost access to the worldwide infrastructure, opening up traffic diversity to increase access and service reliability as demand from consumers and businesses alike grows rapidly," he said.

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