A cable measuring 171,000 miles in length and set 3,800 miles beneath sea level is set to increase internet speeds and capacity for Colombia.
In a flurry of excitement local press have been quick to report that the cable, which is due to be completed in the coming months, will increase the internet capcity in Colombia by 50,000 gigabytes – it is due to be operational in the first quarter of 2014. As well as bringing better internet it will also introduce 4G capabilities to the country.
The direct aim of this development is to improve the quality of telecommunications as well as meeting the growing consumer demand for internet and mobile data. This is largely because of the growing consumer use of smartphones and tablets.
The cable begins its journey in Florida before snaking down through the Americas towards Colombia. After being installed in Cartagena and Barranquilla it will continue to be installed through other Latin American countries before finishing at Brazil in Rio de Jeniro.
The cable is being installed at a rate of between 20 and 200 km a day and is a $200 million investment from telecommunications giant America Movil, the mother-company that owns Claro Colombia.
According to media, Claro intends to “bring Colombia to the forefront of world class infrastructure.”
- Claro trae a Colombia el cable submarino de mayor capacidad que existe (Radio Claro)
- Claro adelanta instalación de nuevo cable submarino (Portafolio)
- Claro instalará cable que promete una conexión a internet 50 veces más rápida (La Republica)