Chile , Argentina and Brazil
Press Release

Silica Networks presents Capricorn Network illuminated by Padtec

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, June 27, 2019

[PRESS RELEASE]

By Padtec

This is a machine translation of the original press release issued in Spanish

Buenos Aires

June 27th

Decentralize the arrival of international communication networks in Argentina - today concentrated in submarine cables that arrive in the country through the Las Toninas spa in the province of Buenos Aires) - to improve the Internet connectivity of the Argentine North. This is the main objective of the new private public DWDM network built between Argentina and Brazil, an investment of Silica Networks in partnership with the provincial ECOM, MARANDU and REFSA plus the Brazilian private Ampernet. And to meet the demand for high capacity data transmission again, the one chosen was Padtec.

For Horacio Martinez, CEO of Silica Networks, the new Capricorn Network "is a triumph of the imagination, of the austere administration of resources and collaborative work". In that sense, "the partnership with Padtec was fundamental to the success of this project, since the technological robustness and low operating cost is what allows us to deliver a high quality service at a low cost, which is what they finally demand our clients".

The first phase of the project, recently completed successfully, connects the cities of Chaco, Formosa and Misiones, in Argentina, to the cities of Santa Catarina and Paraná, in Brazil. In the second phase of the project - which has already started - the Capricorn Network completes its journey to the north of Chile, crossing the west of Argentina to connect to the Pacific Ocean through a pass in the Andes Mountain Range. With the completion of the second phase of the project, the network will have more than 15 thousand kilometers long and will provide broadband connections to cities in northern Argentina and Chile, southern Brazil and the main cities of Bolivia and Paraguay - benefiting a total of more than 26 million people in five countries.

As part of this initiative, Silica Networks plans to provide connectivity redundancy through Brazil to the ALMA observatory (Atacama Large Millimeter), the largest astronomical program in the world, located in the Atacama Desert (Chile) at more than 5 thousand meters of altitude . The project, directed by the international scientific community, is one of the pioneers in its field of research. "For Padtec, it is a source of pride to participate in projects like this one and to provide Brazilian equipment and technologies for networks oriented to teaching and research in science and technology, which today connect academic institutions in Latin America with the world", emphasizes Manuel Andrade, CEO of Padtec.

Manuel points out that the long-standing partnership with Silica Networks represents for Padtec the consolidation of the company's presence in the external market. "" Over the years, we saw the extraordinary growth that Silica Networks' infrastructure has had, and through investment in Research and Development (R & D), Padtec has accompanied its evolution with solutions to meet the growing demands of bandwidth and new services from the Argentine and Chilean markets, "says Andrade." This is the result of the internationalization strategy adopted by Padtec in the last decade, which culminated in direct operations in Latin American markets, "he adds.

To illuminate the new route, known as Red Capricorn, Padtec supplied transponders and modern optical amplifiers with VOA (Variable Optical Attenuator) - which adapt to the attenuation variations of the optical fibers - of the LightPad Platform, guaranteeing transmission rates of 100 Gb / s or superior
"With the Capricorn network, we are approaching and uniting two neighboring countries through better communication between them, so that the border is no longer a limit to regional development." Ampernet's DNA is, precisely, to reach places where there is no fiber optic infrastructure and then, when we arrive, the impact for the population is enormous because the internet allows them to prepare for the future ", Thiago Luquini, CEO of Ampernet Telecom.

About Padtec (padtec.com)

Padtec is a global provider of state-of-the-art, flexible, high-capacity optical transmission solutions based on DWDM technology. Reference in optical transport systems, Padtec offers a wide portfolio of products for corporate access, DCI, metropolitan networks and multi-terabit long-distance networks, which meets the demands of end-to-end - transmission, optical amplification and route protection - of large operators, integrators, carrier of carriers, utilities and service providers. The Padtec service unit, today with more than 40 points of presence in Latin America, acts in the implementation, operation and maintenance of systems, as well as in the management of optical networks. The result of a strong vocation for research and development, Padtec's pioneering technology travels great distances and challenges limits to connect the world intelligently.

About Silica Networks

Silica Networks is a DATCO Group company that provides infrastructure, maintenance and transport services on fiber optics, linking the main cities of Argentina with Santiago de Chile and Fortaleza, Brazil. Its fiber ring of more than 13,000 km. it has access to both the Atlantic and the Pacific, giving it a unique differential for international departures.
It offers voice transport services and data communications through SDH, MPLS and IP technologies to more than 200 customers, Telco, ISP and cable operators in Latin America.
More information: www.grupoDATCO.com | www.silicanetworks.com

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