Telefónica lights fibre highway between the US, LATAM

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 26 May 2015

Stretching from Latin America's Caribbean coast all the way to Puerto Rico and the US, Telefónica's fibre network to connect North and South America was completed at the weekend, opening a data highway of 80Tbs to improve telecom possibilities in the area.

"It has been a long process with huge investments, coordinated among several different companies," Wanda Rivero, telecom station manager at Telefónica in Puerto Rico, told EFE news bureau.

The cable is around 6,000km long and connects the US with Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Aruba and the Virgin Islands. Telefónica's project was also supported by Cable & Wireless, Telconet, Setar and UTS.

"The new cable will enable Telefónica and the other companies participating in the consortium to offer better and more stable telecom services in the region," explained Silvio Navarrete, wholesales director for Telefónica in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Telefónica will manage the cable's capacity as wholesaler, then rent or resell data capacity to local or regional operators.

The cable, which was built in France by Alcatel, is expected to start commercial operation by the end of June, after technical tests are complete.