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New US to West South America Fiber System Coming PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 08:30


Ocean Networks, Inc. (Ocean Networks) and Ocean Specialists, Inc. (OSI) have entered into an agreement for the further development and implementation of the South America Pacific Link (SAPL) Submarine Cable Network.

South America Pacific Link (SAPL) is a new build submarine cable system being developed by Ocean Networks, Inc. The carrier neutral SAPL system will connect Points of Presence in Jacksonville (Florida), Balboa (Panama), Manta (Ecuador), Valparaiso (Chile) and Oahu (Hawaii). In addition, the system is designed for future connectivity to Peru, northern Chile, the big island of Hawaii and various locations in the Caribbean.

This strategic system will fill a requirement for the emerging markets of Central and South America providing connectivity to the NAP of Americas (Miami, Florida), Asia Pacific region, Australia and New Zealand via Hawaii. Hawaii is a mid-Pacific hub or inter-connect point for many submarine cable systems. SAPL will provide a direct, low latency route to Hawaii and open a previously untapped trans-Pacific market between Central and South America (including diverse routes for Brazil).

Thanks to its point of presence in Hawaii - a hub for many transpacific submarine cable systems - SAPL will also provide a diverse route to the US West Coast and a low latency route from Central and South America to the Asia-Pacific region, in particular to Australia and New Zealand. The 100 Gbit/s SAPL system will have a capacity of 10 terabits-per-second on each of its three fiber pairs.

Scott Schwertfager, CEO of Ocean Networks, commented “The SAPL system addresses the need for direct, carrier-neutral network capacity between regions that are growing exponentially. Our ability to fulfill significant capacity requirements, at wavelength and fiber levels, is unique on this route and will serve the needs of our customer community well.”

The SAPL Network is being developed in two phases, with Phase-1 connecting Valparaiso (Chile), Manta (Ecuador), Balboa (Panama) and Jacksonville (Florida), and Phase-2 extending the network to Hawaii, where it will interconnect with Asia and Pacific networks, creating a much-needed direct connection between those key traffic points and the west coasts of Central and South America.

Ocean Networks will offer managed lit bandwidth services on their South America Pacific Link (SAPL) submarine cable system from its PoPs located in Jacksonville & Miami (Florida), Balboa (Panama), Valparaiso (Chile) and Oahu (Hawaii). Future connectivity to various Caribbean countries, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and northern Chile are planned.

Hawaii is a Pacific hub where the SAPL system will inter-connect with other submarine cable systems and provide connectivity to major PoPs in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the US

Oahu, Hawaii Cable Systems:

  • Hawaiki Cable (RFS 2018)
  • Sea-US (RFS Late 2016)
  • Southern Cross
  • Japan – US
  • Asia America Gateway (AAG)
  • Telstra Endeavour
  • American Samoa – Hawaii (ASH)
  • Honotua

Highlights of the system include:

  • Day one design capacity of 15Tbit/s per fiber pair on segments 1 &b2. 12Tbit/s per fiber pair on segment 3.
  • Future-proofed 8QAM technology on segments 1 & 2. QPSK technology on segment 3.
  • Robust design: 1.5 meter burial to 1,500 meter water depth, up armoring
  • Ready for service: Segments 1 & 2: Q1 2019. Segment 3: Q1 2020
  • Future-proofed 8QAM technology on segments 1 & 2. QPSK technology on segment 3.
  • Robust design: 1.5 meter burial to 1,500 meter water depth, up armoring
  • Ready for service: Segments 1 & 2: Q1 2019. Segment 3: Q1 2020

Natixis, the corporate, investment, insurance, and financial services arm of Groupe BPCE, the second-largest banking group in France, is supporting Ocean Networks Inc. (“Ocean”) as it develops the South America Pacific Link (“SAPL”) submarine cable system. Natixis will be leveraging its extensive experience in financing and advising telecom projects, acting as financial advisor to Ocean as it looks to raise equity and debt financing over the coming months. Natixis is rated A2/A/A by Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch, respectively, and is a leading project finance advisor and lender in the Americas and worldwide. It ranks #9 in advisory mandates won in the Americas, #10 in mandated lead arranger roles in the Americas, and #10 global mandated lead arranger for project finance by Thomson Reuters for 2014. Natixis’ dedicated Telecom & Aerospace team combines strong project finance expertise with an established and internationally recognized track record as financial advisor for equity raising and debt structuring for top-ranking telecom operations.