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Telefónica to Link Brazil and the USA With New Submarine Cable

Telefónica has announced the deployment of BRUSA, a new submarine cable linking Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza (Brazil) with San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Virginia Beach (USA).

Nearly 11,000 km in length, the cable is expected to begin operations in early 2018. Leading edge technology will allow BRUSA to support ultrafast transmission capacity and to increase end-to-end connectivity and the availability of ultrahigh-speed broadband services. The deployment is aimed at addressing the exponential growth of data transmission generated by B2B customers, telecom operators, OTT players and end-consumers. 

This new infrastructure will improve communication reliability and deliver enhanced resilience by increasing the number of USA landing points, overall network performance and end-to-end security. BRUSA will also provide one of the lowest latency communication links between the two largest economies in the region, Brazil and USA, and will offer a greater flexibility and scalability than previously deployed systems.

Telefónica has recently strengthened its infrastructure in the Americas with the deployment of the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS), a consortium submarine cable with a transmission capacity of up to 80 Tbps, which links Jacksonville (Florida, USA) with the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Curacao, Colombia, Panama and Ecuador. The firm also manages the Unisur cable connecting Uruguay and Argentina and the SAM-1, a submarine cable system deployed in 2000, which forms a 25,000 km ring linking the USA, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Telefónica’s global fibre optic network consists of more than 65,000 km (of which 31,000 km is proprietary submarine fibre optic cable) connecting the USA, the Americas and Europe.

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