Puerto Rico eyeing USD 130 mln undersea cable project
October 8, 2018
The Puerto Rican government is planning to roll out an underwater fibre optic cable across the island to help its infrastructure withstand future natural disasters, reports local daily El Nuevo Dia, citing governor Ricardo Rosello. In the wake of last year’s Hurricane Maria, the government has submitted a report to US Congress indicating that the cable’s first connection point would be in the southern coastal town of Ponce and would cost in the region of USD 130 million, providing an alternative to the existing undersea cable infrastructure reaching San Juan.
In the report the governor also announced that the Phoenix Fund has invested USD 30 million to acquire 13 Gbps of capacity on the Brusa (Brazil-Puerto Rico-US) submarine cable owned and operated by Telefonica’s infrastructure subsidiary Telxius.