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New Submarine Fiber Cable Connects Europe, Latin America Via Morocco

Spain’s Hemisphere Cable Company (HCC) is planning to build new submarine fiber optic cable infrastructure connecting Europe and Latin America.

Named WASACE 1, the new cable will connect Fortaleza in Brazil to the Canary Islands and Seixal in Spain with additional subsidiaries in Cape Verde, Casablanca, and Madeira in Portugal, HCC said in recent statement.

“HCC is delighted to invest initially for the WASACE 1 system, opening a new era in the connection between Europe and Latin America. It will do so by offering low-latency communication services by providing a direct route between these continents without going through the US,” said Luis Jara, CEO of HCC.

The new broadband telecom infrastructure “is a major milestone within the goal of becoming the main interconnection HUB facing and uniting Africa, Latin America, the Mediterranean region, Europe and the United States,” Jara added.

The new system will fill a gap in undersea cable map connectivity, offering a competitive price for submarine traffic distribution systems across the Atlantic ocean.

Named WASACE 1, the new cable will connect Fortaleza in Brazil to the Canary Islands and Seixal in Spain with additional subsidiaries in Cape Verde, Casablanca, and Madeira in Portugal. Photo: capacitymedia.com

WASACE 1 will also speed up the time of signal transmission and reception by reducing “the RTT (Round Trip Time) between Europe and Latin America by over 60 percent when compared to actual routes through the US.”

Once built, WASACE 1 “will be the first system to deploy the next-generation fiber-optictechnology between Europe to Latin America multiplying the capacity of previous outdated systems.”

The 29,000-kilometer-long submarine system will provide 8 fiber pairs for a total capacity of 144 terabytes per second, each pair having an upgradeable initial capacity of 18 terabytes per second.

The project will be completed within 30 months and is expected to be delivered by mid 2021.

The new infrastructure will include a Network Operation Center and a new data center in the Canary Islands from which additional itineraries are planned for West Africa, the Mediterranean, and North America.

The Canary Islands-based company will also deploy a second submarine cable, WASACE 2, which will connect the Canary Islands to South Africa. HCC plans to announce the project before mid-2019 to be completed during the second half of 2021.

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