GlobeNet and Facebook have begun construction of the new submarine cable system that they announced in May.
The companies will co-own the system - named ‘Malbec’ after the renowned Argentinian wine - and it will be operated by GlobeNet. The new 2,500 km submarine cable will link the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to the Argentinean capital Buenos Aires, and will have a branching unit to reach Porto Alegre, Brazil.
By connecting Argentina to GlobeNet’s network in Brazil, the new infrastructure will provide seamless connectivity between the Southern Cone of South America and the United States. When completed, it will be the first new submarine cable route to reach the Argentinean coast since 2001.
Eduardo Falzoni, CEO of GlobeNet, said: “Argentina deserves state-of-the-art infrastructure to satisfy the pressing demands of the years ahead.”
Taking advantage of the latest developments in fibre optics, the Malbec cable system will feature six fibre pairs, delivering double the current international capacity to Argentina and enabling access to social media content, streaming and cloud services at high speed.
Both companies have informed that the contract with the supplier has come into force and confirmed the ready-for-service date for the first half of 2020.