Pacific Caribbean Cable System Reaches Isla Verde


The high speed submarine fiber optic cable system connecting Caribbean and North American countries has reached for termination at the beach in Isla Verde. Technicians brought the final section of the submarine fiber optic cable to the beach in morning time to the surprise of local residents and tourists. The deployment team dug a 3 meter deep trench to bury the submarine cable before it got terminated in a nearby landing station operated by the service provider Telefonica. Pacific Caribbean Cable System will further connect to the terrestrial fiber optic cables from this landing point. Alcatel Lucent was awarded to the deployment of the cable system.

The submarine fiber optic cable was manufactured in Alcatel Submarine Network, a cable manufacturing facility owned by Alcatel-Lucent and specialized and dedicated tomake submarine fiber optic cables. The facility is in France. Alcatel-Lucent loaded the cable in a special vessel from the factory to bring to the America for deployment. The cable is buried at around one kilometer deep in the sea while connecting its landing points in many countries in American continent.

The Pacific Caribbean Cable System consists of Cable & Wireless Communications, Setar, Telconet, Telefonica Global Solutions and United Telecommunication Services (UTS). The cable system will operate at 100 Gbps transmission speed and spans around 6,000 km while linking Florida and Manta in Ecuador. Shortly known as PCCS, the cable system is intended to help increase digital integration and capacity growth in the region.

The 6,000 km submarine cable system will strengthen digital links as demand grows rapidly throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America for online content such as tourism related services, sports coverage and digital TV. In addition to Florida and Ecuador, the system connected the islands of Tortola, Puerto Rico, Aruba and Curacao, as well as Cartagena in Colombia and Maria Chiquita and Balboa in Panama. The system have an ultimate design capacity of 80 Terabit-per-second, dramatically boosting connectivity and substantially increasing the availability of broadband services. Additionally, the PCCS will increase communications reliability and help reduce the risk of communications disruption by providing cable route diversity and alternative bandwidth access to existing cables in the region.

The Alcatel-Lucent deployed an integrated 100G wet plant of cable optimized with coherent submarine fiber and high bandwidth repeaters, power feed equipment, and its 1620 Light Manager (LM) submarine line terminal equipped with advanced coherent technology. Offering unique flexibility and scalability to accommodate multiple data rate wavelengths, the Alcatel-Lucent 1620 LM enables seamless capacity upgrade on flexible grid for channel spacing without traffic interruption. The solution will be managed by the Alcatel-Lucent end-to-end submarine management system. As part of the turnkey contract, Alcatel-Lucent was also be responsible for project management, system design, marine operations and system commissioning.

Isla Verde is a tiny island some 400 meters north of Punta Medio. It is the island that gave name to the district. The island falls within the Cangrejo Arriba barrio of Carolina. The district of Isla Verde is in fact the coastal area of Cangrejo Arriba. Isla Verde is bordered to the north by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west by the San Juan area of Condado, to the east by Santurce and to the south by downtown Carolina. Isla Verde is one of the hundred tourist areas of Puerto Rico hosting various restaurants, hotels, casinos and discothèques.


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