Xtera selected as the supplier of Seaborn’s ARBR subsea cable

24 January 2018 | Natalie Bannerman


Xtera has been named supplier for Seaborn Network's ARBR submarine cable linking Argentina to Brazil.

Stuart Barnes 200 x 300The 2,700 km open system is a joint venture between Seaborn Networks and the Werthein Group, and offers a 4-fibre pair, 48Tbps, direct PoP-to-PoP.

“We are thrilled by the opportunity to work with Seaborn Networks on this exciting project,” said Robert Richardson, chief sales officer at Xtera. “We pride ourselves on being market disruptors and innovators, and we see these same characteristics in Seaborn.  It is especially rewarding to work with a kindred spirit company, and very satisfying to see a company such as Seaborn making use of our available technology to provide the market with a truly compelling offer.”

ARBR will use Xtera’s submarine repeaters with hybrid EDFA-Raman design, enabling a robust optimized transmission system. When used in combination with Xtera’s Open Systems Gateway, the transmission system will enable Seaborn Networks and its customers he freedom to choose its preferred terminal supplier. All of these features, including the Power Feed Equipment, will be monitored and managed by Xtera’s Network Management Systems.

In addition to tis, the ARBR cable will enable direct onwards connectivity to New York via Seaborn’s Seabras-1 system offering a lower latency route between the commercial and financial centers of Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and New York.

“This award further consolidates Xtera’s position as a strong player in the regional submarine market segment and is a significant endorsement of Xtera’s differentiated product offering. Our four pillars of product and service offerings encompass subsea systems technologies, wet and dry upgrades, IP licensing, and OEM / specialist units to selected markets.  Xtera is further defined by its flexible approach to system-partnering and contracting structures that ensure the best value for investment and a solution aligned to each customer’s need,” added Stuart Barnes, chairman and chief strategy Officer at Xtera.

The ARBR is fully funded and on what the company describes an “accelerated implementation schedule” that will bring new capacity to an underserved route, as well as new connectivity to the region. 

To read the full interview with Larry Schwartz, chairman and CEO of Seaborn Networks from the Dec/Jan issue of Capacity magazine, please click here.