Telefónica announced on March 9 the deployment of BRUSA, a new submarine cable nearly 11,000 km in length linking Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza (Brazil) with San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Virginia Beach (USA). The cable is expected to begin operations in early 2018 reinforcing Telefónica’s infrastructure leadership in the Americas.

The BRUSA cable system consists of 8 fiber pairs, 135 x 100 Gbps per fiber pair, with 4 direct fiber pairs connecting US- Brazil, and 4 fiber pairs entering Puerto Rico and Fortaleza. The state-of-the-air ROADM technology will be used to control bandwidth to each landing station. And the cable system is expected to be supplied by Alcatel Submarine Networks.

With the leading edge technology, BRUSA cable system will support ultrafast transmission capacity and increase end-to-end connectivity and the availability of ultrahigh-speed broadband services. With this new infrastructure Telefónica strengthens its leadership in the Wholesale market and addresses the exponential growth of data transmission generated by its B2B customers, telecom operators, OTT players and end-consumers.  

The BRUSA cable system will improve communication reliability and deliver enhanced resilience by increasing the number of USA landing points, overall network performance and end-to-end security. BRUSA will also provide one of the lowest latency communication links between the two largest economies in the region, Brazil and USA, and will offer a greater flexibility and scalability than previously deployed systems. 

The new submarine cable reinforces Telefónica’s ambition to provide a more cost effective and reliable service to Telefónica companies as well as other telecom operators and content providers, allowing Telefonica to seize the growth opportunities of the global wholesale market.

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

Telefónica’s global fiber optic network consists of more than 65,000 km (of which 31,000 km is proprietary submarine fiber optic cable) connecting the USA, the Americas and Europe.

Source: Telefónica