By FierceTelecom

Level 3 Communications has made an extension to the SAC-1 submarine cable with a new branch to a cable station in Buenaventura on Colombia's Pacific coast near Cali, according to a recent FCC filing.

Today, the SAC cable system links St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, with Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro and Santos, Brazil; Las Toninas, Argentina; Valparaiso, Chile; Lurin, Peru; and Fort Amador, Panama. The cable is managed on a non-common carrier basis.

Operated by Level 3's Global Crossing Telecommunications Inc. subsidiary, the SAC cable system will be connected to Colombia by the insertion of the SAC Colombia spur between the existing Segment H cable stub and a new cable station to be constructed at Punta Bazan in Buenaventura, Colombia. The new SAC Colombia spur will have a design capacity of 4.5 Terabits and initial capacity of 400 Gbps.

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