20 March 2018
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Security still a key issue in telecoms says Telxius' Arranz
What have been Telxius’ key
developments and stand outs in Latin America over the past
We have been focused on reinforcing our leadership in the
Latin American region. With that goal in mind, in the past year
we have been working on BRUSA, a submarine cable more than
11,000 km long that will connect Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) with
San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Virginia Beach (USA). In fact, we
are building BRUSA as we speak. It is the first cable going
straight from a landing point in Virginia) to Brazil. It is a
new route, taking advantage of Virginia Beach’s
direct connection to one of the biggest concentration of data
centres in the world (located in the area of Virginia and
Ashburn, near Washington DC). It is also important to remark
that BRUSA will be linking this area to the main driver of
growth and traffic in Latin America, Brazil. The deployment of
this cable represents one of our largest infrastructural asset
investments in more than a decade.
If we look at Telxius as a company, with its two business
segments, cable and towers, we have also extended our presence
in Latin America with the acquisition of 304 communications
towers in Argentina, in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires.
With this operation, we have also strengthened our position in
the region, where we already own 2.900 towers located in
Brazil, Chile, and Peru. There is a great market growth
potential in these countries due to their population,
geographical features and the exponential increase in data
traffic forecasted for the coming years.
How has wholesale demand in the region evolved in
recent years and how is Telxius aiming to meet those demands
With over $1.5 billion of new cable investment in 2017 and
2018, Latin America is today a leading region when it comes to
growth in telecommunication infrastructure. Telecom providers
have seen a great possibility of expansion there. This area is
still lagging behind in terms of infrastructure, so we believe
we need to provide faster subsea cables, more towers and better
communications to the whole region as mobile technology
evolves. Big content providers are also pushing for the Latin
American region, investing in new submarine infrastructure.
With initiatives such as BRUSA and the Pacific Caribbean
Cable System (PCCS), which links Jacksonville in the US with
the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Curacao,
Colombia, Panama and Ecuador, we have been committed to
increase connectivity and reliability of communications in the
region, expanding our network and the availability of broadband
Over this infrastructure we provide connectivity services
like Global Carrier Ethernet, which allows customers access a
broad range of bandwidth options, different service topologies,
with the simplicity of Ethernet technology. With OTN, we foster
Layer 1 services scalability with more efficient transport
techniques and additional service resiliency.
Telxius is adding new VAS to IP transit to confront the new
challenges in the region. For instance, the ever growing trend
of IXP access and interconnection in the area has received deep
focus from our company, resulting on innovative solutions such
as our Virtual NAP service.
We also provide colocation services to customers who are
interested in deploying their networks in Latam taking
advantage of our submarine cable facilities. We provide secure
space and energy, along with remote operation to help customers
focus 100% on their core business.
Finally, regarding security, we are in a prime position to
help our customers to avoid and mitigate DdoS attacks. During
last year we have seen how DdoS attacks have growth to huge
volumes which only a Tier1 provider like us is able to face. We
are proud of our platform, which places us among the
world’s top 5 antiDdoS providers.
What are your strategic priorities for the Latin
America in 2018 and what announcements can we expect from
Telxius in the region this year?
Our number one priority is building and deploying BRUSA. It
will be a game changer in the region as it will become the
highest-capacity subsea cable to ever connect the Americas and
it will connect the two largest economies of the American
region. Built with 8 fiber pairs it will support data
transmission for up to 138 Tbps.
The cable consists of an eight-fiber pair open system, with
one omnibus fiber pair stopping in San Juan and three fiber
pairs featuring R-OADM technology dropping optical bands in San
Juan and Fortaleza. We also have plans of moving further in
South America with BRUSA to improve connectivity in the area,
but we haven’t specified when will it happen and
where we will go from there. Our idea is that our
latest-generation submarine cables BRUSA and MAREA, both
joining in Virginia, will unite and deliver connectivity to the
key data hubs all around the world.
What broad trends do you see in telecoms in the next
As stated before, the Latin American region is currently
undergoing a submarine cable boom. With the increase of data
generation and consumption, the older cables won’t
be able to support current traffic and performance needs. It
becomes clear that new cable infrastructure will have to
include the maximum level of capacity to take full advantage of
future technological development. Our BRUSA initiative is not
the only cable that starts to look at Brazil as a promising
land for telecommunications. We can expect a large share of
growth in telecom infrastructure services, especially in
Brazil, the biggest economy in the southern part of the
continent. Nobody will use less bandwidth in the future.
Actually, we are seeing how capacity is increasing 40% per year
on average. The growth that we will experience before 2020 will
surpass that of the previous 15 years.
Telxius is automating processes with SDN/NFV and open APIs
to be more efficient. As the market is demanding more bandwidth
between data centres, we are working with Bandwidth on Demand
Services to provide "Pay-as-you-go" service options to
customers. In a global context, the need for stronger bandwidth
will also drive infrastructure projects to support the new
trend in the wholesale sector: 5G. As we move into an
interconnected world, the telco business is adapting in
response to customers demand. The Internet of Things, cloud,
and mobility will likely impact any decision in the wholesale
market in the upcoming years, as both user expectation and
competition rise hand by hand.
The open APIs and On Demand services are the key building
blocks to ingrate the capacity services with the applications
that are coming next.
Finally, security will be a key issue as we see how attacks
are becoming more global and dangerous. At Security will remain
an absolute priority and infrastructure companies play a key
role in protecting the economy as a whole.