Seabras-1 construction achieves critical development

08 January 2013 | Kavit Majithia


Seaborn networks has announced that Alcatel-Lucent submarine networks has mobilised vessels for marine route surveys in the US and Brazil.

The surveys, related to Seaborn’s US-Brazil submarine cable project, are deemed critical for the construction of Seabras-1, the new fibre-optic submarine cable being built by Alcatel-Lucent for Seaborn Networks.

“We are pleased to announce this important milestone as part of the overall implementation of Seabras-1,” said Larry Schwartz, CEO of Seaborn Networks.

“Together with the permit acquisition work currently underway and the completion of the cable route study, the marine surveys represent excellent progress as we maintain the schedule for Seabras-1 to enter service in the first quarter of 2015.”

Seabras-1 is a 32Tbps system and will be the first direct submarine cable connecting New York and São Paulo, with a landing in Fortaleza.

Brazil is seen as a highly attractive telecoms investor market, with the Brazilian Electrical and Electronics Industry Association (ABINEE) estimating operators invested over $8.2 billion in telecoms infrastructure investment between January and September 2012. This is almost equal to the amount invested in 2011, and such growth is forecast to increase by a further 7% in 2013.