Cable links Azores islands to rest of world

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Huawei Marine Networks, a submarine cable networks provider, has partnered with Viatel, a Portuguese telecommunications engineering network supplier, to successfully complete the 685-kilometre cable Flores-Corvo Submarine Cable System.

The submarine cable is designed with a 0.96 Terabit per second capacity to provide speeds of 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) and has the capacity to be upgraded to 100 Gbps in the future.

The new cable system, featuring enhanced Raman technology and Submarine Line Terminal Equipment of OptiX BWS 1600S, will provide communications to service local demand and become part of Viatel’s network, which includes more than 100 points of presence in 35 key cities.

The system features three diverse segments, consisting of six landings points to provide essential links to international cable systems, such as the cross-Atlantic Columbus3 submarine cable system, to enable a broad range of services to be delivered to this region.

Prior to the completion of the Flores-Corvo Submarine Cable System, the seven islands of the archipelago of the Azores were connected via the Azores Domestic Cable System – excluding Corvo and Flores, which depended on basic satellite communications.

The completed Flores-Corvo Submarine Cable System now enables all nine islands of the archipelago of the Azores to be interconnected, with backbone connectivity to European, African and cross-Atlantic submarine cables.

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