14 de abril de 2015
Colombia already has nine submarine fiber-optic cables
The Minister of ICT Diego Molano Vega attended the official presentation of the submarine cable AMX-1, with which our country multiplied by 50 its current capacity of international connections.
The Minister of ICT Diego Molano Vega was present in Barranquilla in the public presentation of the cable AMX-1, the ninth in our country that went from 5 to 9 submarine cables between 2010 and 2015. The AMX-1 multiplied by 50 the current capacity of international connections of Colombia. Thanks to the increase in Internet traffic, voice and data that provide the submarine cables Arcos-1 rehash , CFX-1, Maya-1, SAM-1, AMX-1, Globenet, SCCP and SAC-LAN, Colombia now has a network with more than 42,000 kilometers of fiber optic installed on the seabed and almost a hundred of stations for the Internet connection; in addition, 24,000 kilometers of fiber terrestrial. "This network of nine submarine cables connected to our country with the rest of the world and rank it as one of the best in international connectivity. We have given a great technological leap in telecommunications and ours is the only country in South America with cables across the waters of the Caribbean and the Pacific", said the minister Molano.
The new submarine cable AMX-1 has a length of 17,800 kilometers and connects to Colombia with Brazil, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States through 11 touch points to earth and was installed by the operator of Internet and mobile telephony Clear, company with a presence in the seven countries that covers the transmitter of data. "The nine submarine cables were built thanks to public-private partnerships. As government we have worked in the implementation of policies aimed at strengthening the technological infrastructure; and the private company - that is to say, the operators-, have designed large investments to improve the quality of the service of Internet", noted the Minister.
Molano Vega who added that the investment and the deployment of this infrastructure in the country, reflect the strength and the growth that crosses the Colombian market, which has also generated an increase in competition, not only among the largest operators in Latin America, but also with local actors. "It is very gratifying to see how telecom operators are added to the objective of Live Digital Plan, which seeks to have a Colombia increasingly connected and massify Internet to reduce poverty and create employment," said Diego Molano Vega.
The AMX-1 cable The AMX-1 multiplied by 50 the current capacity of international connections of Colombia, expanding the speed and security in data services. This infrastructure complements the existing transmission grid company clear, that was his installation; thus, improving the output to the Internet for mobile services (4G) and fixed (high-speed internet). The total investment made by the company for the deployment of infrastructure is more than $500 million, distributed among the branches of the seven countries served by the submarine cable. This cable extends through the following cities: Barranquilla, Cancun, Cartagena, Fortress, Jacksonville, Miami, Puerto Barrios, Puerto Plata, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and San Juan.
What is a submarine cable? The system of fiber-optic submarine cable is a set of equipment designed to allow the interconnection between two or more points by passing the seabed. The system is composed of two parts, an overland portion and a marine portion. The teams that make up the overland portion are: terminal equipment, power supplies and maintenance equipment and control, the teams that make up the marine portion are: fiber-optic cable, especially designed to be lying on the seabed, equipment makers repeaters maintain the signal along the entire path of the cable, and the branching units or branching units that allow you to connect more than two sections or lengths of cable.