Seaborn in managed services deal to give access to Seabras-1

08 September 2016 | Alan Burkitt-Gray


Seaborn Networks has signed a seven-year managed services agreement with Amdocs in order to sell and lease cable capacity on its Seabras-1 subsea cable from São Paulo to New York.

The operator says the deal will allow it to offer subscription-based, usage-based, or on-demand price plans to content providers, carriers, governments, internet service providers and other purchasers of wholesale capacity.

“We are committed to changing the way submarine cable capacity is bought and sold,” said Larry Schwartz, CEO of Seaborn Networks.

The company will be using Amdocs Optima, a digital customer management and commerce platform. Schwartz explained: “With Amdocs Optima as the business engine behind our Seabras-1 network, we will be able to realise our vision by introducing the first international submarine cable to and from Brazil that was developed by an independent cable operator.”

He said the “São Paulo to New York direct route will provide better quality connections between the US and Brazil, one of the fastest growing markets in the world.”

Patrick McGrory, president of Amdocs’ emerging offerings unit, said that Amdocs Optima is “a cloud-based solution, offering support for multi-tenant, multi-regional operations and delivered in a managed service model”.

It “will enable Seaborn Networks to quickly bring their offerings to market with a better customer experience, and grow their business in a cost-efficient manner,” he added.

Seabras-1 is a six-fibre pair 72Tbps system, and is the first direct point-to-point subsea cable system between the US and Brazil.

Fully funded to the tune of $500 million, it is being build by Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, now part of Nokia, and should be in service in the second quarter of 2017.