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Telefonica to deploy 11,000 km BRUSA subsea cable linking Brazil and U.S.
Announced Date: 3/9/2016 Published Date: 4/1/2016

Telefonica announced the deployment of BRUSA, a new 11,000 km submarine cable linking Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza in Brazil with San Juan, Puerto Rico and Virginia Beach in the U.S. that is expected to begin operations in early 2018.

With the new infrastructure Telefonica will strengthen its position in the wholesale market and address the growth of data transmission generated by B2B customers, telecom operators, OTT players and consumers.

This new infrastructure will improve communication reliability and deliver enhanced resilience by increasing the number of U.S. landing points. BRUSA will also provide low latency communications between Brazil and U.S.

Telefónica recently strengthened its infrastructure in the Americas with the deployment of the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS), a consortium submarine cable with transmission capacity of up to 80 Tbit/s that links Jacksonville, Florida with the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Curacao, Colombia, Panama and Ecuador.

Telefónica also manages the Unisur cable connecting Uruguay and Argentina and the SAM-1, a submarine cable system deployed in 2000, which forms a 25,000 km ring linking the U.S., the Caribbean and Central and South America.

BRUSA will become part of Telxius, the global company recently created by Telefónica to optimise its infrastructure asset portfolio and that will gradually integrate certain assets including part of its tower and submarine optical cable networks.