Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks is to deploy a new system for Telefónica that links Brazil to the United States.

Named BRUSA, the nearly 11,000 km system will pass Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza in Brazil, San Juan in Puerto Rico and Virginia Beach in the US.

BRUSA will increase end-to-end connectivity and the availability of ultra high-speed broadband services in the region, according to the two companies.

It will also integrate Telefónica’s existing fibre optic network, which consists of more than 65,000 km of subsea cable – of which 31,000 km is proprietary submarine fibre optic cable – connecting the USA, the Americas and Europe.

In February, Telefónica announced plans to create a new company that would manage its infrastructure assets.

Telxius is overseeing the operator’s submarine cables in addition to its mobile towers.

ASN, the submarine cable arm of Alcatel-Lucent that is now part of Nokia, said BRUSA would enable Telefónica to strengthen its offer in the wholesale market and addressing the exponential growth of data transmission generated by its customers.

Philippe Piron, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, commented: “BRUSA comes at a moment of continued interest in the Brazil-US route to reliably carry increasing volumes of data traffic as global demand for ultra-broadband access rises.

“We are pleased to support Telefónica in seizing the growth opportunities of the global wholesale market and meeting its customers’ demands by making available our latest technology advancements in subsea wet design as an integral part of BRUSA.”

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