Alcatel completes Florida, Ecuador cable connection


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 05 August 2015

Building further connections between the US and Latin America, Alcatel-Lucent has completed a new 6,000km submarine cable, the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS), between Florida and Ecuador.

The information highway, owned by a group of telecoms operators such as Cable & Wireless, Setar, Telconet, Telefónica Global Solutions and United Telecommunication Services (UTS), has now entered into commercial service.

With efficient multichannel 100Gbit/s technology and a capacity of 80Tbit/s, the PCCS system boosts connectivity and increases the availability of broadband and over-the-top (OTT) services by strengthening digital links as demand grows rapidly throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America for online content such as sports coverage and digital TV.

In addition to Florida and Ecuador, the PCCS system connects the islands of Tortola, Puerto Rico, Aruba and Curacao, as well as Cartagena in Colombia, and Maria Chiquita and Balboa in Panama.

"The commercial service of the PCCS system is a significant milestone in the evolution of the communications infrastructure in the CALA region," said Carlos Pazmino, chairman of the PCCS General Committee.

"This project highlights ASN's capability as a trusted partner in undersea communications to address the exponential growth in data traffic driven by broadband applications. It also underlines our innovation, unique end-to-end expertise and turnkey execution ability," added Philippe Dumont, president of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks.