Telefónica counts on new submarine cable to drive OTT, B2B traffic in Americas

By Jim O'Neill on Mar 14 2016 at 7:00 AM
Telefónica counts on new submarine cable to drive OTT, B2B traffic in Americas

It won’t be deployed in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but Telefónica is counting on a new submarine cable called BRUSA to link Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza in Brazil with San Juan, Puerto Rico and Virginia Beach, improving reliability and resilience by increasing the number of U.S. landing points.

BRUSA is being deployed as demand intensifies for OTT, the company said, and will also impact B2B customers, telecom operators, and consumers in general.

Telefónica said deployment of the new cable will be completed by 2018 and also will improve overall network performance and end-to-end security. BRUSA also will provide one of the lowest latency communication links between the two largest economies in the Americas region and offer a greater flexibility and scalability than previously deployed systems.

The 11,000 km-long cable is part of the company’s recently created global infrastructure unit Telxius. Texius, in the long term, could be spun off to reduce the group’s debt, especially as the economy remains somewhat bumpy in Brazil.

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, Fla. with the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Curacao, Colombia, Panama and Ecuador. In addition, Telefónica 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 U.S., the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Telefónica said its global fiber optic network stretches to over 65,000 km – 31,000 km of it proprietary – connecting the U.S., the Americas and Europe.

Stay tuned.

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