Equinix selected to support 60Tbps Monet subsea cable

13 September 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Equinix has been selected by Monet Submarine Cable investors to provide US facilities and services for the cable landing station architecture to support the Monet subsea cable system between Miami and São Paulo.

Monet, which is a planned subsea cable presently designed to deliver over 60Tbps of capacity between the US and Brazil, is owned by Brazilian telco and ISP, Algar Telecom, wholesale operator Angola Cables, Antel and Google, which is also the US landing party for Monet.

"We're pleased to celebrate this important announcement made by companies strongly committed to connect geographies, people, countries and cultures,” said Javier Emicuri, Antel CEO and chairman of Monet’s executive committee. Monet and its users will leverage Equinix’s business ecosystems and interconnection platform, Platform Equinix.

Equinix’s South Florida data centre and interconnection hub will anchor the new submarine cable between North America and Brazil, which is being hailed as a “next-generation digital gateway to Latin America”, helping to increase connectivity and provide an ultra-low latency path.

Monet will feature 6-fibre-pair cable and optical transmission technologies, with an initial design capacity of greater than or equal to 60Tbps (100Gbps x 100 wavelengths x 6 fibre-pairs).

It will land in Fortaleza and Praia Grande near São Paulo, Brazil, for distribution of traffic into South America. Landing facilities in those markets are to be provided by Angola Cables in Fortaleza and Google in Praia Grande.

Ihab Tarazi, chief technology officer at Equinix, added: “We are seeing strong demand from network, cloud and content customers looking to leverage our MI3 [International Business Exchange (IBX)] data centre in Miami for access to the Latin American market. By offering direct connectivity to the Monet cable system and the possibility of a low latency route between São Paulo and Miami we can support the needs of key global customers looking to expand in the region."

Construction of the system is underway and is expected to be completed in 2017.