Seaborn and IOX announce new subsea route from USA to India via Brazil and South Africa

Seaborn Networks has announced a strategic partnership with Indian Ocean Exhange (IOX) Cable that will see the launch of the first next generation fibre route between the US and India interconnecting Brazil and South Africa.

Seaborn USA-India map

The service will run on Seaborn’s Seabras-1 cable between New York and Sao Paulo and SABR, a planned cable which will link Seabras-1 to Cape Town. From there, the route will use IOX’s IOX Cable System, which is set to interconnect South Africa, Mauritius and India, with a predicted ready for service date in 2019.

The agreement means both Seaborn and IOX will be able to exclusively offer the route under a joint provisioning deal, giving partners a diverse route to link the US to India.

"We are extremely pleased to work with IOX to provide this unique and highly secure route," said Larry Schwartz, chairman & CEO of Seaborn. "This alliance will reshape the global communications landscape for the Southern Hemisphere."

Seabras-1 has already been built, with Seaborn planning to add ARBR, a link that will run from Brazil to Argentina by Q4 2018. The subsea operator said it expects SABR to be ready for service by 2019.

Mauritius-based IOX has already commenced work for a cable route survey for its IOX system cable, which will link the Indian Ocean island nation to the Island of Rodrigues, East London in South Africa, and Puducherry in India. The cable is being designed to offer up to 135 100G waves.

Arunachalam Kandasamy, founder and CEO of IOX, said: "This new relationship between Seaborn and IOX pioneers new global route alternatives to interconnect key emerging markets with the U.S.  This strategic relationship is a step forward for us to give our customers and partners the best routes and services and also contribute to the emerging digital economies."

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