Number 945 • Friday, December 7, 2012

Cable Operators to Boost Fast Broadband Access in Caribbean, Central and South America
Source: M2 Communications
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A 100G Pacific Caribbean Cable System spanning 6000km will link Florida and Ecuador and help increase digital integration and capacity growth in the region.

Paris and Aruba -- A group of telecommunications operators consisting of Cable & Wireless Communications, Setar, Telconet, Telefnica a Global Solutions and United Telecommunication Services (UTS) hassigned a turnkey contract with Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE:ALU) to deploy the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS), a 100Gsubmarine cable system linking Jacksonville, Florida to Manta, Ecuador.

The 6000km submarine cable system will strengthen digital links as demandgrows rapidly throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America for online content such as tourism related services, sports coverage and digital TV. Work will start before the end of the year and commercial operations for the PCCS are scheduled to commence by the third quarter of 2014.

In addition to Florida and Ecuador, the system will connect the islands of Tortola, Puerto Rico, Aruba and Curacao, as well as Cartagena in Colombia and Maria Chiquita and Balboa in Panama. The system will have an ultimate design capacity of 80 Terabit-per-second, dramatically boosting connectivity and substantially increasing the availability of broadband services.

Additionally,the PCCS will increase communications reliability and help reduce the risk of communications disruption by providing cable route diversity and alternative bandwidth access to existing cables in the region.

The Alcatel-Lucent solution to be deployed for the project includes an integrated 100G wet plant of cable optimized with coherent submarine fiber and high bandwidth repeaters, power feed equipment, and its 1620 Light Manager (LM)submarine line terminal equipped with advanced coherent technology.