Fibre-optic network builder 360networks said Monday it has completed and lit a key segment of its undersea network in Latin America between Fortaleza and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
360networks said the 3,250-kilometre segment of 360Americas was completed on time and on budget, and is scheduled to enter commercial service in early May.
The network now connects the United States, Brazil, Venezuela and Bermuda, and will reach Sao Paulo this quarter and Buenos Aires in the fourth quarter of this year.
360americas, the first fibre-optic cable to provide high-speed connectivity between North America and South America, will have a total system capacity of 1.36 terabits per second and span 29,000 kilometres by early 2002, the company said.
"We will soon bring broadband communications to Brazil and provide major customers such as France Telecom/Intelig, Bell Canada/Teleglobe and OptiGlobe with network services between the Americas," Scott Lyons, VP of submarine systems, said in a release.