Tata Communications and Seaborn Networks announced on Monday Tata Communications’ investment for purchase of significant capacity in Seabras-1 cable system between Brazil and US. Seaborn Networks plans to put the Seabras-1 cable system ready for service in the fourth quarter of 2016. Seabras-1 is the first express submarine cable directly connecting New York, the United States and São Paulo, Brazil. 

As of last September, Seabras Networks has acquired Microsoft as the foundational customer for Seabras-1 cable system, and upgraded the network design of the Seabras-1 cable system, being a 6-fiber pair system with a maximum upgradeable capacity of 60Tbps. And the total cost of the Seabras-1 cable system is estimated to be US$500 million.

With the announcement, Genius Wong, Senior Vice President, Global Network Services, Tata Communications says, “Latin America is a key emerging region and growing market on the world stage and our investment in Seabras-1 is part of our plan to enhance our offerings into that region. With the Seabras-1 cable landing in Tata Communications’ Wall cable landing station in the US, this will also enable seamless extension of our TGN-network”

Tata Communications owns and operates the world’s largest and most advanced subsea fibre cable network. Today, over 24% of the world’s Internet routes travel over Tata Communications’ network, and the company is the only Tier-1 provider that is in the top five by routes in five continents.

Larry Schwartz, Chief Executive Office, Seaborn Networks says, “With bandwidth and connectivity growth demand in Latin America at unprecedented levels, we are delighted to have Tata Communications as a strategic partner on Seabras-1. Tata Communications’ investment for significant capacity purchase in Seabras-1 is a clear indication of high demand in the market for an express submarine cable route between the US and São Paulo and seamless extension to other geographies in the world.”

Seaborn Networks plans for the Seabras-1 cable system to be ready for service in the fourth quarter of 2016.