Uruguay inaugurates submarine cable connecting to Brazil

Monday, August 21, 2017

Uruguayan state telco Antel has inaugurated the 2,000km Uruguay-Brazil stretch of a submarine cable that will also connect to the US.

The stretch, dubbed Tannat, has six fiber pairs and a capacity of 90 Tbps. It was built by Antel and Google and runs from Santos in Brazil to Maldonado (Uruguay).

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The cable will link Monet, a 10,500km cable running from Boca Raton, Florida (US), to Fortaleza and Santos in Brazil. Partners in that stretch are Google, Algar Telecom, Angola Cables and Antel. The cable has six fiber pairs and a capacity of 60 Tbps. Monet is due for inauguration later this year.

The cable linking to Uruguay is expected to provide fundamental connectivity for Antel's Tier II datacenter and the national fiber backbone. Uruguay has the highest penetration of fiber to the home services in Latin America.

"This is a strategic project with enormous," industry, energy and mining minister Carolina Cosse, said in a statement.

The project will "consolidate and strengthen Uruguay in the new economy, stamping its global presence politically, socially and economically," Cosse added.

The cable is a "major boost" for the digital economy, "giving Uruguay sovereignty and total independence from other companies and countries [in terms of connectivity]," Antel's president Andrés Tolosa commented.

Jayne Stowell, of Google, added, "typically the GDP of a country increases by 2-3% in the years following the arrival of a submarine cable."

In parallel to Monet, the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) is being built by Angola Cables and will connect Angolan capital Luanda with Fortaleza along a 6,200km line. It is penciled in for 1H18.