Xtera Communications has been contracted to upgrade two consortium-owned submarine cables linking Florida in the US with St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, raising their design capacity from a single 2.5Gbps channel to 320Gbps per fibre pair. Commsday reports that the upgraded Americas 1 North and Columbus 2b systems, originally built in 1994, will have an initial lit capacity of 120Gbps. Consortium partners participating in the upgrade include AT&T, ANTELCOM, SETAR, Tricom and Verizon Business.
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