Seaborn Networks plans US-Panama submarine f… – BNamericas English
Global submarine telecoms network provider Seaborn Networks is structuring a project to build a fiber optic cable system serving the Caribbean by connecting the US down to Panama, with landing points throughout Central America.
Seaborn – whose subsidiaries emerged from Chapter 11 three months ago – plans to have one or two landing points in the US and Mexico each, as well as connections in Guatemala and El Salvador, COO Andy Bax (pictured) told BNamericas.
Colombia is also a possible landing point, said Bax, who believes the Caribbean remains underserved by existing Atlantic submarine systems, most of which are decades old and lack capacity to meet growing demand for streaming from international OTT players.
“This is a new route, one that doesn’t exist today. If you look at the cable map, there’s big glaring gap in the middle of the Americas, this section of the Caribbean on the West side,” he said.
The cable, which is still in its early stage of develoment and is two-and-a-half years away from being ready, could have one of its end points on the Gulf Coast of the US state of Texas in order to serve oil field operations.
Bax expects the main challenge to be securing the environmental licenses.
In addition to the Caribbean system, Seaborn is adding a new Brazil landing point to its Seabras-1 cable, which connects the US and Brazil through a 10,500km route linking the metro regions of New York and São Paulo. The cable was activated in 2017.
As BNamericas reported last year, this new landing point will be in Recife, capital of northeastern Pernambuco state. Works are advanced and Seaborn is on the final phase of development and about to begin deployment, Bax said.
The activation of this new connection, which includes not only delivering the cable itself but also activating a datacenter on Recife’s shores, is planned for the first quarter of 2022.
Both projects – the Caribbean system and Seabras-1’s new connection – are being carried out simultaneously. Investment figures are not being made available.
However, according to Recife government information from 2019, the projected investment in the new Seabras-1 branch exceeds 200mn reais (US$35.5mn).