It has been announced that Telefonica, which in March detailed plans to deploy the BRUSA 11,000 km submarine cable linking Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza in Brazil with San Juan, Puerto Rico and the U.S., has purchased a site from Virginia Beach Development Authority to develop a cable landing station for the new cable system.
Telefónica International Wholesale Services USA has reportedly paid $735,000 for the site in Virginia Beach where it will build a 20,000 sq-foot data centre to house what will be the first trans-oceanic fibre cable station in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Telefónica officially announced the deployment of BRUSA, a new submarine cable system spanning nearly 11,000 km between Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza in Brazil, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Virginia Beach in south-eastern Virginia in the U.S., in late March. The cable system is expected to begin operations in early 2018.
The new infrastructure is designed to improve communication reliability and provide enhanced resilience by increasing the number of landing points in the U.S. and improving overall network performance and security. BRUSA is also intended to provide lower latency connectivity between Brazil and U.S.
The new submarine cable system will strengthen the operator's ability to provide cost-effective and reliable service to Telefónica group companies as well as other telecom operators and content providers. BRUSA will comprise part of Telxius, the global company recently created by Telefónica to optimise its infrastructure asset portfolio, and gradually integrate certain assets, including elements of its tower and submarine cable networks.
Telefónica also recently strengthened its infrastructure in the Americas with the deployment of the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS), a consortium submarine cable offering up to 80 Tbit/s capacity that links Jacksonville in Florida with the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Curacao, Colombia, Panama and Ecuador. Telefónica's global optical network currently spans over 65,000 km, including 31,000 km of proprietary submarine cable, connecting the U.S., the Americas and Europe.