SOURCE: Padtec


April 21, 2015 08:00 ET

Padtec Successfully Concludes Launching of Subfluvial Optical Cable

The Link Under the Bed of Rio Negro Is a Pilot Project, Part of Connected Amazon Program That Will Take Optical Fiber to the Interior of Brazilian Amazon State by Means of Rivers Paths

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL--(Marketwired - Apr 21, 2015) - The Connected Amazon program is a Brazilian Army initiative in partnership with Amazon government and other public and private institutions that aims to bring broadband connection to the interior of the Amazon State. With the expected program deployments, regions that are currently served by satellite connections, limited and expensive, will have access to an extensive fiber optic network to be launched in the bed of the region's main rivers. The program, in its entirety, forecasts attending about 7.5 million inhabitants with the offering of broadband internet services that will allow applications such as telemedicine and distance learning, while also interconnecting health, public safety, traffic and tourism institutions. 

In order to demonstrate the advantages and viability of using subfluvial optical cables, the Amazon Connected program includes this pilot project, which connects two Brazilian Army bases through a stretch of about 7 km of subfluvial optical cable released in the bed of the Rio Negro in Manaus city, Amazon State capital. At this stage of the program, Padtec was the operational arm responsible for all launching stages, from the riverbed survey to the actual launching and optical cable test. Employing its Submarine Division staff, which has extensive experience in operation and maintenance of submarine cables to major Brazilian operators, Padtec has successfully completed the subfluvial cable launching activities, which were witnessed by major Army authorities, partners involved and the press on April 8. With the cable now deployed in the river, the Army and its partners will make the system integration with the ground stations and the pilot project official opening is scheduled for the coming weeks.

"For this region where the preservation and minimal environmental impact are key requirements, launching subfluvial optical cables is the best technique to get quality connection and high capacity for those who live at the river's shores," said Mario Roberto Vassallo, Padtec Submarine Systems Director. "It is the first time worldwide that an optical cable is released in a river of this size and we are proud to participate in this project."

The Amazon Connected program has a total distance estimated at more than 7,000 km, with implementation divided in several stages. It is expected to be completed in 2017. "The pilot project is the first step of a much broader program that will bring huge benefits and promote the development of the Amazon region by enabling effective integration with the whole country and the World Wide Web," says Jorge Salomão Pereira, president of Padtec. Throughout the present year the Connected Amazon program is expected to schedule the launching of more 220 km subfluvial cables interconnecting the cities of Coari and Tefé, this time through the bed of Solimões river.

About Padtec

Padtec is a global manufacturer and solutions provider of turnkey optical solutions. The company offers products that span very compact modules to corporate access and data center interconnection, long-haul terrestrial backbone and complete submarine multi-terabit solutions. Padtec takes you at the speed of light from you to the world, with operations in North America, South America, Central America, Europe and Asia. The company, headquartered in Campinas, Sao Paulo Brazil, is the first and largest Latin American manufacturer of optical networking equipment. With a strong focus on research and development, Padtec develops custom solutions for global networks leveraging pioneering technology and robust mission critical support.

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