Level 3 Communications has activated a new subsea cable landing station giving Colombia a Pacific Ocean route to connect to its international network.
The new landing station enhances Colombia's options for redundancy and removes sole reliance on traditional connectivity via the Caribbean Coast. The fibre optic undersea cable runs 300 kilometres to the seaport city of Buenaventura on Colombia's Pacific coast, then 154 kilometres over land to the city of Cali, where it connects with Level 3's national fibre optic system that provides access to the main Colombian markets.
Demand for connectivity and network services in Colombia and Latin America is rising. Frost & Sullivan estimates the Latin American fixed broadband services market will grow at a rate of 12.4% to reach 90.8 million connections in 2018. At launch, Level 3´s undersea system has a total installed capacity of eight terabits of which 400-gigabits are already available, responding to market needs. Now, enterprises have greater access to connectivity, route diversity and redundancy both domestically and internationally.
Hector Alonso, regional president of Latin America for Level 3, said: "As part of Level 3's South American Crossing (SAC) system, the cable connects the six major economies in Latin America providing customers a secure, reliable and redundant way to access our global footprint."
Colombia will be able to transmit data and mobile communications more quickly to many key cities throughout the Americas, such as Los Angeles, Miami and New York, U.S.; Mexico City, Mexico; Santiago, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina and São Paulo, Brazil. In turn, these cities will have greater connectivity to seven of the main cities in Colombia: Bogotá, Medellin, Cali, Ibague, Manizales, Pereira, Armenia and Popayan. The new route also provides enhanced connectivity and route diversity to cities in Asia and Europe.