Submarine cable operators Seaborn Networks and Aqua Comms have agreed to create one of the longest and largest undersea cable networks in the world by linking their undersea cables. The resulting link will connect both North and South America with Europe.
Seaborn operates Seabras, the first direct submarine cable route between Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the United States. Aqua Comms operates America-Europe Interconnect-1 (AEConnect).
The two networks will link in Secaucus, New Jersey, where Seaborn’s primary network operations center resides, with both the operators planning to offer diverse backhaul and points of presence (PoPs) in American cities.
Earlier this year, Seaborn announced plans to extend the cable network from Brazil to Argentina. Analysts, including the International Finance Corporation (IFC), have often stated that Seaborn Networks’ cable infrastructure could help accelerate broadband development in several South American countries.
Seabras-1 provides the fastest route between the New York-New Jersey metro area and Sao Paulo, while AEConnect provides the direct route between New York and London via Dublin.
“We both specialize in developing, constructing, and operating modern, sophisticated submarine cable systems, and partnering will help us provide customers with the benefits of both conjoined networks,” remarked Nigel Bayliff, CEO, Aqua Comms.
AEConnect began operations only last year, it also operates another cable system called CeltixConnect, which runs across the Irish Sea.