Huawei Marine to deploy southernmost submarine cable in worldStaff Writer | March 26, 2018
Huawei Marine announced that it will partner with CTR (Comunicación y Telefonía Rural) to deploy the Fiber Optic Austral (FOA), the southernmost submarine cable in the world, to connect three regions in southern Chile.
Chile has the highest Internet penetration in South America. While its national backbone network covers much of the country, complex topography south of Puerto Montt leave that region short on well-established network infrastructure, and unable to meet ever-increasing connectivity demand of surrounding areas.
Subtel, as a Vice Ministry of Telecommunication and Transportation Ministry of Chile, will invest in the new FOA to connect the Las Lagos, Aysén and Magallanes regions.
CTR was awarded the contract to deploy and operate the network, while Huawei Marine will provide the end-to-end submarine cable solution. Utilizing Huawei Marine’s advanced 100G universal platform to provide a seamless optical network architecture between submarine and terrestrial networks.
The system has a design capacity of 16 Tb/s and a length of 2,800 kilometers. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. ■