The South America Pacific Link (SAPL) will soon reach into parts of the world not covered by its name. Ocean Networks has now tapped Alcatel-Lucent to build an extension of the cable through the Caribbean and up to Miami.
SAPL connects Hawaii with Panama and Chile, giving the west coast of Latin America connectivity to Asia that does not pass through California and bringing both diversity and lower latency along with it. The new extension will be called the SAPL Caribbean Express and will connect Panama with Miami, hooking up in the NAP of the Americas there. Hence, when complete data will be able to go from Miami through Hawaii and on to APAC destinations also without touching the US west coast.
SAPL CX will add 3,000km to the current length of 14,200km that SAPL already spans, and consist of six fiber pairs each capable of handling 10Tbps of theoretical capacity in 100Gbps chunks. The release didn't mention a timeframe for the project, but it will surely be Nokia finishing things up. Nokia's purchase of Alcatel-Lucent seems to be rolling ahead quickly, and according to reports this morning ALU CEO Michel Combes has made arrangements to go work for the billionaire Patrick Drahi at Altice and Numericable.
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