American telecom development firm Ocean Networks Inc has begun building a submarine cable system linking Panama to the US state of Florida.
The cable system, nicknamed Caribbean Express, will run between Palm Beach, Florida and Balboa, Panama with additional landing points in Cancún, Mexico, and Cartagena, Colombia.
The Atlanta, Georgia-based company says that over the coming years it will build more than a dozen landing points along the route, in cities including Havana (Cuba), George Town (Grand Cayman), Puerto Barrios (Guatemala), Kingston (Jamaica), Puerto Lempira (Honduras), Bluefields (Nicaragua) and Limón (Costa Rica).
The cable system will have connections to the NAP (network access point), or MI1, a massive data center operated by Equinix in Miami. The data center is considered the primary network exchange point between the US and Latin America.
“The consumer demand for a new submarine cable system between Central America and the US is enormous. Traffic is nearly doubling every two years,” says John R. Runningen, a founder and principal of Commenda, in a press release.
“As a result, ONI has already received significant subscriber interest from large IT and telecom customers who are anxious to expand their presence in these new and under-served consumer markets.”
Once launched, the Caribbean Express will be the only system that can offer dedicated dark fiber pair IRUs in the Caribbean market, claims Ocean Networks.
The telecom vendor owns more than 8,000 km of submarine cable systems around the world, mostly in the Western Hemisphere.