Google chooses Brazilian supplier for Rio de Janeiro-São Paulo subsea cable

24 October 2017 | Alan Burkitt-Gray


Google has gone to a Brazilian company, Padtec, for equipment to connect its high capacity submarine network connecting Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo.

Padtec, based in São Paulo, will provide submarine optical line amplifiers and its LightPad platform for Google’s Junior cable that will run from Praia da Macumba Beach in Rio de Janeiro to Praia Grande Beach in Baixada Santista.

“Collaborating with Google on such an important project as a technological partner is exhilarating,” said Padtec CEO Manuel Andrade. “Above all, we are very excited because it is a solution developed with in-country technology.”

The 390km cable, with eight fibre-pairs, will enable interconnection with other Google submarine and terrestrial infrastructure in the region with the goal of expanding Google’s data transmission infrastructure in Latin America.

Junior, named in honour of Brazilian painter José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior, is expected to be complete later in 2017. Padtec’s equipment is part of its turnkey solution for submarine systems, including the planning, management and execution of the project, in addition to integrating subsea component suppliers.

Cristian Ramos, Google’s internet infrastructure development partnerships manager for Latin America, said Padtec is “already globally recognised in the terrestrial optical transport systems sector and, with this project, Padtec becomes a new player in the submarine transmission industry”.