Tata Communications invests in Seabras-1 submarine network capacity

Tata Communications and submarine network operator Seaborn Networks say Tata will buy "significant" capacity on Seaborn's Seabras-1 submarine network.

Tata Communications and submarine network operator Seaborn Networks say Tata will buy "significant" capacity on Seaborn's Seabras-1 submarine network.

Seabras-1 is a submarine cable network that will link the United States and São Paulo, Brazil (see "Seaborn Networks' Seabras-1 submarine cable to connect New York City with Sao Paulo"). Tata has served as the project's primary carrier supporter (see "Tata Communications anchor tenant on Seabras-1 U.S.-Brazil cable system"). Seaborn expects the fiber-optic network will be in service in the fourth quarter of 2016.

"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," according to Genius Wong, senior vice president, Global Network Services, at Tata Communications. "With the Seabras-1 cable landing in Tata Communications' Wall cable landing station in the U.S., this will also enable seamless extension of our TGN-network."

TGN is Tata’s high-capacity global undersea cable network (see "Tata Communications rings world with fiber"). More than 24% of the world's Internet routes travel over the network, the company asserts. Tata has upgraded the network to accommodate 100-Gbps transmission rates (see "Tata Communications adds 100G to TGN-Atlantic submarine cable system").

"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," added Larry Schwartz, Seaborn's CEO. "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 U.S. and São Paulo and seamless extension to other geographies in the world."

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