Latin America’s broadband internet infrastructure received a massive boost in 2022, with nearly a dozen new undersea internet cables going live during the period.
As many as 70 submarine cables currently connect the region to the outside world, taking the data downloading speed to greater heighs, according to BNAmericas.
Some cable systems, like Aurora and the Galapagos cable system, are slated to be operational in 2023, while Google and Seaborn are seeking government permission to extend their existing cables to more countries.
The search engine giant will expand its Firmina cables to Argentina and Uruguay later this year.
US-based telecoms capacity vendor Gold Data agreed to invest US$150 million to connect Miami to the Mexican cities of Cancun and Queretaro.
An undersea cable system built by Claro, a subsidiary of Mexican telecom giant America Movil, now connects the United States to several Latin American countries, including Guatemala, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. It will soon be extended to Costa Rica as well.
Even Cuba is gearing up to build a second submarine cable system. French company Orange agreed to help state-owned telco Etecsa to carry out the project.
Meanwhile, Cable and Wireless (C&W) is preparing to upgrade all of its undersea cables in the Caribbean, promising to strengthen broadband infrastructure in countries including the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands.