GlobeNet Plans Argentina To Brazil Submarine Cable
May 7, 2018
GlobeNet has announced plans to deploy a 2,500-km submarine cable to connect Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in Brazil to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The submarine network will provide onward connectivity through Brazil to GlobeNet’s existing undersea network system, which includes connections to Bermuda, Colombia, the United States, and Venezuela.
The fiber-optic network connectivity provider says the link will leverage “the latest technology and feature a state-of-the-art design for the best architectural configuration.” The submarine cable will run from GlobeNet's cable landing station in Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo via a landing point in nearby Praia Grande. It will then continue to Buenos Aires via a landing point in coastal Las Toninas a bit to the southeast of the capital.
“Our submarine cable, designed to satisfy low-latency and high-capacity demands, will be the first new route to provide direct connectivity from Argentina to Brazil and the United States since 2001,” says Eduardo Falzoni, CEO of GlobeNet. “As a result, individuals and enterprises in the Southern Cone will be able to enjoy unparalleled capabilities when streaming content, accessing cloud services and interconnecting with data centers all over the world.”
For Falzoni’s first statement to be true, GlobeNet will have to deploy the new submarine cable link more quickly than Seaborn Networks’ ARBR, which also will connect Argentina with Brazil and offer onward connectivity to the U.S., in this case via Seabras-1 (see, for example, “Seaborn Networks chooses Xtera for ARBR submarine network systems”). GlobeNet expects its new undersea cable system will be ready for service in the first half of 2020. Seaborn has quoted the first half of 2019 as the ready for service date of ARBR.
Regardless, GlobeNet expects the new links to prove appealing to over the top (OTT) content providers, cloud providers, and carrier customers.