Seaborn Networks has announced plans to build a cable system to connect South Africa with Brazil and onward to the US, while interconnecting with another new system, the IOX Cable, which will run from South Africa to India, connecting various Indian Ocean islands along its route.
The two cables will provide “the most secure and reliable route between these markets by providing fewer hops through fewer countries than existing alternative routes”, the US-based Seaborn said in a statement on Monday.
Seaborn is the developer, owner and operator of Seabras-1, the most direct subsea system between New York, São Paulo; ARBR, the only new direct subsea system planned to be built between Brazil and Argentina (ready for service in the fourth quarter of 2018); and SABR, a new subsea system between Cape Town, South Africa and Seabras-1 (ready in 2019).
IOX Cable, meanwhile, announced two weeks ago that it would build a high-capacity submarine cable connecting South Africa with Mauritius, Rodrigues, Reunion and India.
Spanning some 8 850km, the IOX Cable System will be the first open-access system in the region and is targeted to be completed in 2019. The system will have an ultimate design capacity of over 54Tbit/s.
Seaborn’s SABR and the IOX system will interconnect in South Africa.
The Seabras-1/SABR/IOX system route will be available exclusively through Seaborn and IOX. — (c) 2017 NewsCentral Media
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