Telefonica has announced that it will be rolling out a new submarine cable called BRUSA linking Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza in Brazil with San Juan in Puerto Rico and Virginia Beach in the US. The 11,000 km-long cable is expected to be operational by early 2018 and will become part of the company’s recently-created global infrastructure unit Telxius, which may be spun offto bring down the group’s debt. Telefonica said BRUSA will significantly improve communication reliability and deliver enhanced resilience by increasing the number of US landing points, overall network performance and end-to-end security. It added that the cable will provide one of the lowest latency communication links between the two largest economies in the Americas region – Brazil and the US – and offer a greater flexibility and scalability than previously deployed systems.
Telefonica 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. The company also manages the Unisur cable connecting Uruguay and Argentina and the SAM-1 submarine cable system linking the US, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Telefonica's global fibre optic network stretches to over 65,000 km – 31,000 km of it proprietary – connecting the US, the Americas and Europe.