GTD Selects Prysmian for Arica to Puerto Montt Submarine Cable

The Chilean telecommunication service provider GTD (Gtd Teleductos S.A, Grupo GTD) has selected Prysmian to supply the submarine cables for its project to connect Arica to Puerto Mont in Chile. The new contracts worth around €50 million have been secured through Prysmian Group’s submarine telecom division NSW.

NSW became part of Prysmian Group after the acquisition of General Cable. The project involves the design, supply and installation of more than 3,550 km of repeaterless fibre optic submarine cables. Prysmian will supply 11 cable segments of a length ranging from 135 km to more than 400 km.

The cables will be produced at Prysmian’s state-of–the-art production facility in Nordenham, Germany, which became part of the Group as a result of the recent acquisition of General Cable.

Delivery of cables is planned by December 2019. The project envisages a repeaterless festoon system that will provide telecommunication connectivity to the whole country, in addition to linking Chile to Central and North America through connecting cables.

GTD announced the project in September 2018 when it revealed its plans to deploy an undersea cable (submarine cable) along more than 3,500 kilometers of Pacific coastline to improve connectivity with its operations in Colombia and Peru. The Current submarine section connects Puerto Montt in the central region to the northern point of Arica in Chile.

The submarine cables will be laid 2 kilometers beneath the sea.The project to lay the fiber optic cable is estimated to take aournd 2 years. By deploying the submarine cables, GTD aims to double the company’s data transmission in Chile..

Chilean Governent is trying to pivot toward an information-based economy and courting major tech companies, including Google and Amazon, to expand their operations within its borders.

In September 2018, the Reuters reported about Google’s plans to invest US$140 million for expansion of the company’s data center in Chile.

Chilean Government plans to attact more investments to the communication sector. GTD, in line with the Governement plans thinks that with the investments to improve the telecommunication infrastructure there would be more possibilities to compete in a globalized world.

The submarine fiber optic cables will improve the service and operation of GTD’s data center network, made up of seven data centers in Chile, Peru and Colombia.

GTD operates in Colombia, Peru and Chile in South America. In Colombia GTD has wireless network in various cities and a fiber opti ring network in Medellin, where it owns a Tier III data center.

In Peru, with around 50 employees, GTD offers Wi-Fi in public places and wireless network in Lima.

GTD’s major activities are concentrated in Chile where it has more than 1,800 employees and owns more than 25,000 kilometers of fiber optic networks apart from operating IP/MPLS and GPON networks in various cities.

Puerto Montt to Arica cable system will greatly improve the national telecommunication and broadband infrastructure, while also connecting many underserved Chilean regions to a state-of-the-art, high-speed broadband fiber optic network.

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