Back in May, GlobeNet announced plans for a new submarine cable connecting Brazil and Argentina. Today we got an update on that project as well as the identity of the content giant helping make the project happen. Facebook will be a full co-owner on the system.
The new cable project has been named Malbec, after the wine, and will connect the familiar Brazilian markets of Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires with the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires. It will feature six fiber pairs and stretch some 2,500km. Construction is now underway.
If all goes well, GlobeNet says the cable will be in place in the first half of 2020 and will thus be the first new cable to land in Argentina in almost two decades. It's not the only project in the works to do that though, as Seaborn Networks is doing something similar with The Werthein Group with its ARBR cable and has a target date in 2019.