Alcatel extends US-South America connectivity


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 27 August 2015

Continuing a series of infrastructure projects, Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) and Ocean Networks are to extend the South America Pacific Link (SAPL) submarine cable system from Panama to Florida, adding 3,000km to the 14,200km SAPL network linking the US to South America.

The extension will provide seamless connectivity to the Network Access Point (NAP) of the Americas in Miami, Florida, as well as connecting Oahu in Hawaii, Balboa in Panama and Santiago in Chile. This will provide additional capacity to meet the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth-hungry markets.

The 100Gbits system is also designed for future connectivity via branching units to Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, northern Chile and the island of Hawaii.

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

"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," added Philippe Dumont, president of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks.