GlobeNet, the wholesale bandwidth arm of Brazil's Oi, has announced an upgrade of its undersea capacity, adding 200Gbps to its current 360Gbps, i.e. adding some 55%. GlobeNet's submarine cables land in New Jersey, Florida, Bermuda, Venezuela, and of course, Brazil, putting it in an excellent position to benefit from the growing traffic between North and South America.
Globenet emphasized the low latency routes it offers between the two continents, something that Global Crossing has also been doing. Clearly network operators worldwide are positioning themselves for the spread of interest in ultra-low latency connectivity beyond the Chicago - New York- London - Frankfurt axis. To South America though, there are fewer modern cables and new cables brewing similar to Hibernia's recent plans are probably rather unlikely.
560Gbps is still small potatoes compared to the multi-terabit transatlantic systems, however it is starting to catch up. The equipment contract for this particular upgrade was split between two providers. Both Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU, news, filings) and Xtera (news) won 100Gbps portions. GlobeNet has plans to continue adding capacity up to 1.44Tbps as demand requires, and I'd guess that the idea would be to continue splitting it up similarly.
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