French-US equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded a turnkey contract by US-based Seaborn Networks to build Seabras-1, a new 10,500km fibre-optic submarine cable that will provide the first direct route between New York and Sao Paulo in Brazil, and will also have a branching unit landing in Fortaleza, Brazil. In a press release Seaborn Networks, an independent developer and operator of submarine fibre-optic cable systems, says the two parties involved have already commenced the permit acquisition and marine survey work for the project.
The release reads: ‘The 100 Gigabit per second (100G) Seabras-1 system will deliver new capacity on the primary route for the majority of internet, data and voice traffic between South America and the rest of the world. In addition, this new system will support a wide variety of consumer and business broadband services between two of the world’s most connected societies. By providing low-latency communication via a 10,400km segment directly connecting Sao Paulo and New York, and route diversity via a 350km branch to Fortaleza, Seabras-1 will also enhance traffic protection in the region.’
Under the plan, Alca-Lu will deploy an integrated 100G wet plant of cable and high bandwidth repeaters, power feed equipment, and its 1620 Light Manager (LM) submarine line terminal equipped with ‘coherent technology’ and offering flexibility to increase direct connectivity between countries. The vendor will also be responsible for project management, system design, installation and system commissioning.