Telefonica today revealed plans for a new submarine cable system linking North and South America. The new cable, called BRUSA, will connect the Brazilian cities of Fortaleza and Rio de Janerio with the Puerto Rican port of San Juan and the Mid-Atlantic city of Virginia Beach.
The new infrastructure will be part of Telxius, which Telefonica is in the process of rolling out as its infrastructure subsidiary. Telefonica says the 11,000km submarine cable will be 'one of the lowest latency communications links' between Brazil and the USA, although such things of course depend on the actual endpoints. Given the Virginia Beach landing station, it seems likely they are referring mostly to the routes to and from Northern Virginia.
If all goes according to plan, BRUSA will be operational in early 2018. It will join Seaborn's SEABRAS-1, which recently gained TI Sparkle as an investor and is targeted to come online in 2017. Hooking up Brazil remains a hot topic. Other cable projects still in the works involving Brazil include COTA, and ongoing rumbles about a direct link to Europe.