GlobeNet, the international arm of the Brazilian giant Oi, has completed its upgrade of its submarine cable systems connecting the Americas. The extra 200Gbps gives them 560Gbps in all, and positions them for the growing bandwidth demands between the two continents. They also claim the lowest latency paths between New York and the Brazilian financial center of Sao Paolo, a benefit of the cable route that makes the trip via Bermuda down to Fortaleza and then over land. Other routes that stop off in the West Indies are less direct. I’m not sure just how advanced current needs for low latency on that route are, but the low latency craze shows no signs of lightening up.
But the other thing GlobeNet has been working on lately has been something of a challenge and according to their map they have made it. They have been trying to hook up the growing city of Manaus in the Amazon region. The map shows they took a route into the jungle from Venezuela to do it, and it must have been quite a buildout to see. Manaus has about 2M people, but has had no fiber connectivity.
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