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Seaborn Fiber Optic System connect US and Brazil
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Seaborn Networks and Alcatel Lucent have announced to start construction of underwater broadband infrastructure. Seabras-1 submarine fiber optic cable system will run between the US and Brazil, the first ever undersea cable system connecting Brazil to the US.

The six fiber Optic pair system, Seabras-1, would start from Fortaleza, Brazil to New York City. Both companies are focusing to handle enormous amount of data flow between both American nations, through Atlantic Ocean.

Seabras-1 is being manufactured by John Schwartz and his team at Seaborn, the system after completion will able to transmit data at 60 Tb/s.

Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks said in a press release:

“Seabras-1 is an important catalyst for the continued expansion of affordable broadband penetration in Brazil and the region,”

“The Fiber Optic system will support a wide variety of global communication services for consumers and businesses throughout South America.”

Alcatel-Lucent, a French based telecommunications firm, will deploy an integrated 100G wet plant of cable and high bandwidth repeaters, power feed equipment as well as its 1620 Light Manager terminating at advanced coherent technology.  Alcatel-Lucent would also be responsible for project management, system design and installation.

Microsoft is also endorsing the project since Nadella shift gears to focus on “mobile first, cloud first”.

“We are excited to work with Seaborn to expand our ‘mobile first, cloud first’ experience in Brazil. Seaborn and Microsoft share a common desire to deploy secure infrastructure and to further accelerate the availability of cloud technologies in Brazil and throughout Latin America.” said Vijay Gill, Microsoft’s General Manager for Global Network Services.

Google has also working on a similar undersea fiber optic project, FASTER, which is being deployed on the trans-Pacific route to connect USA and Japan. Five Asian telecommunications giant are team-up with Google to back the $300 million Project.

Unlike Seabras-1, FASTER will have gateways on Western Coast, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland.

Seabras-1 will enclosed into Kevlar sheath, like Faster, to resist against shark biting and other collisions that may damage delicate fiber optic structure.

The project intends to go operational in 2016, although the financial expenditures of Seabras-1 are not yet disclosed.


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