Gold Data 1 submarine cable to provide 250 Tbps across Gulf of Mexico

Nov. 14, 2022
The Gold Data 1 submarine network will offer 250 Tbps among landing points in Miami in Florida and Cancun and Queretaro in Mexico, with onward connectivity to Mexico City.

Gold Data, which provides fiber-optic network connectivity throughout the Americas and the Caribbean, has announced plans to build a submarine cable network in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gold Data 1 submarine network will offer 250 Tbps among landing points in Miami in Florida and Cancun and Queretaro in Mexico, with onward connectivity to Mexico City.

The company says it will spend $150 million on the submarine cable network, which Gold Data says will be the first to land in Mexico in 22 years. Partners for the deployment include Orange for the technical design, Orange Marine and Alcatel Submarine Networks for the cable deployment, and Ciena, which will provide its GeoMesh Extreme submarine line terminal equipment (SLTE) and related and transport technology.

The submarine network represents the third and final phase of Gold Data's network expansion efforts in Mexico. The undersea cable will complement the company's low-latency underground network that links key data centers in the country.

"Our state-of-the-art topology network is revolutionizing Mexico's connectivity by reducing latency by up to 35%, something that is key for enterprises and content providers which are hungry for reliable, low-latency, high-quality connectivity. In addition, the expansion of this network to the U.S. will be a game changer for Mexico's fast-growing innovators looking for a fresh alternative to Silicon Valley," said Renato Tradardi, CEO of Gold Data.

In addition to helping to install the network, Orange also will purchase a fiber pair in Gold Data 1.

Overall Gold Data’s infrastructure connects 156 PoPs and 76 data centers with presence in 35 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, Lightwave

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

He has written numerous articles in all aspects of optical communications and fiber-optic networks, including fiber to the home (FTTH), PON, optical components, DWDM, fiber cables, packet optical transport, optical transceivers, lasers, fiber optic testing, and more.

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