Huawei wins order to build Chile’s 2,800km southern cable

27 March 2018 | Alan Burkitt-Gray


The Chilean government has awarded Huawei Marine the contract to build a subsea cable connecting with the country’s far south.

Huawei Marine will partner with Chile’s Comunicación y Telefonía Rural (CTR) to build the Fiber Óptica Austral (FOA), a 2,800km connection from Puerto Montt to the Patagonian cities of Caleta Tortel and Punta Arenas through to Puerto Williams in the far south.

Capacity reported two weeks ago that the survey for the 16Tbps cable has already started.

Pamela Gidi, Chile’s vice minister of telecommunications, said the FOA project “will bring multiple benefits to Chile’s southern region”.

CTR’s CEO, Patricio Morales, said the new cable will connect to existing operators’ networks using 100Gbps transmission. The cable “will guarantee an adequate return on the capital expenditures made”, he added.

Huawei Marine CEO Mike Constable, said: “The FOA cable will provide state-of-the-art connectivity to enhance the digital economy of the southern Chile region. Huawei Marine is proud to be selected as the system supplier and partner with CTR to successfully deliver the social and economic benefits that this network investment will facilitate.”