Alcatel-Lucent and America Movil, the leading wireless services provider in Latin America, are actively constructing America Movil 1 (AMX-1), which will be the world’s first 17,500km submarine cable system specifically designed for 100Gigabit per second (100G) transmission.
Spanning transoceanic distances, from the US to Central America and Brazil, the AMX-1 System will enable America Movil to provide international connectivity to all its subsidiaries, leading towards a new era of service creation and innovation for all its customers.
AMX-1 will connect seven countries with eleven landing points: Miami and Jacksonville (United States), Barranquilla and Cartagena (Colombia), Fortaleza, Salvador & Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic), Cancun (Mexico), San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Puerto Barrios (Guatemala). Cable route and landing surveys are complete and manufacturing of cable and repeaters is well underway. Commercial operation of the network comprising the AMX-1 System is planned to start in late 2013.
The AMX-1 System design is optimized for 100G transmission, with an ultimate trunk capacity of over 50 Tb/s, which will underpin the continued growth of new applications such as corporate cloud services and delivery of premium services to America Movil’s 256 million wireless subscribers and 62 million fixed lines, as well as enhancing its existing fixed voice, broadband and pay T.V. services.
Other submarine fiber activity between the Americas include Seaborn’s Seabras-1, Globenet’s recent 40G upgrade and extension to Colombia, and Columbus Networks 100G upgrade plans, and other projects that are at earlier stages in development (Telebras, WASACE).